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Cascade School District POLICY MANUAL

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CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT MASTER INDEX R = REQUIRED

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5338 1425 5232 3431F 4316 5002 1003SG 1003SG-P 7325 8132 3416 1013FE 2375 7332 8130 1006SG 1006SG-P 2520 1610 1120 5121 5122F 5210 3122 - 3122P 1441 1332 8450 1002SG 1002SG-P 1400 1010SG-F1 1640 1010SG 1520 1521 5325 7121 7110 7310 5015 3226 8110 1111P 7510 3630

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REC = RECOMMENDED

OP = OPTIONAL

Absence Due to Illness or Injury Abstentions From Voting Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Accident Report Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities [Community Relations] Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities [Personnel] Accountability Accountability Accounting System Design Activity Trips Administering Medicines to Students Adult Education Advancement Requirements (9-12) Advertising in Schools/Revenue Enhancement Air Quality Restrictions on Outdoor Activities, Practice and Competition Aligning and Sutaining Resources Aligning and Sustaining Resources Animals-Pets in School Annual Goals and Annual Organization Meeting Applicability of Personnel Policies Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint Assignments, Reassignments, Transfers Attendance Policy Audience Participation Authorization of Signatures Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) Beliefs and Values Beliefs and Values Board Meetings Board Meeting Assessment Form Board Participation in Activities Board Self Assessment Board/Staff Communications Board-Superintendent Relationship Breastfeeding Workplace Budget Adjustments Budget and Program Planning Budget Implementation and Execution Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing Bus Routes and Schedules Candidate Orientation Capitalization Policy for Fixed Assets Cell Phones and Other Electronic Equipment


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5430F 8129 5140 1230 1511 1004SG 1004SG-P 1130 3417 2250 4330 5336 3120 8440 5321P 4332 1512-1512F 8502 4320 2322 2330 4520 1011FE 2312 2167 7400 2413 7225 2120 1005SG 1005SG-P 3312 5255 3310P 3141 7251 2168 3222 4321

Chaperone Letter of Understanding Chemical Safety Classified Employment and Assignment Clerk Code of Ethics for School Board Members Collaorative Relationships Collaborative Relationshsips Committees/Meetings Communicable Diseases Community and Adult Education Community Use of School Facilities Compensatory Time and Overtime for Classified Employees Compulsory Attendance Computer Software Conditions for Use of Leave Conduct on School Property Conflict of Interest Construction and Repairs Contact With Students Contests for Students Controversial Issues and Academic Freedom Cooperative Programs With Other Districts and Public Agencies Cooperative Purchasing Copyright Correspondence Courses Credit Card Use Credit Transfer and Assessment for Placement Crowdfunding Proposals Curriculum and Assessment Data to Drive Continuous Improvement Data to Drive Continuous Improvement Detention Disciplinary Action Discipline of Students With Disabilities Discretionary Nonresident Student Attendance Policy Disposal of School District Property Without a Vote Distance, Online, and Technology-Delivered Learning Distribution and Posting of Materials Distribution of Fund Drive Literature Through Students [Community Relations] 6121 District Organization 8121 District-Owned Vehicles 1310 District Policy and Procedures 3612 District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks 8301 District Safety 8420 District-Wide Asbestos Program 7326 Documentation and Approval of Claims 8123 Driver Training and Responsibility 5228-5228F1-5228F2-5228P Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers

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REC R

5226 6140

R OP

REC REC

1240 1010FE 2412 3125 1101 1111 5460 7535 3431 5450

Drug-Free Workplace Duties and Qualifications of Administrative Staff Other Than Superintendent Duties of Individual Trustees Early Enrollment Exceptional Circumstances Early Out Program Education of Homeless Children Educational Philosophy/Mission Statement Election Electronic Resources and Social Networking Electronic Signatures Emergency Treatment Employee Electronic Mail and On-Line Services Usage

OP

5630

Employee Use of Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Devices

OP REC REC REC OP R R REC R OP R REC REC R R OP REC REC R OP R REC P OP R REC REC REC OP R REC R OP REC REC REC R

6141 7260 3121 - 3121P 3110 3110F 3210 5010 5420F 6410 1620 5222 3340 7425 7425F 2158 5328 - 5328P 2320 7430 5122 3311 1009FE 8200 3145 3345 3611 7515 2166 6000 4000 7000 2000 8000 2105 2420 2140 2335 2410 - 2410P 5510

Employment Restrictions for Administrative Personnel Endowments, Gifts, and Investments Enrollment and Attendance Records Entrance, Placement, and Transfer Entrance Form Equal Educational Opportunity, Nondiscrimination and Sex Equity Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination, and Sex Equity ESSA Qualifications Notification Request Form Evaluation of Administrative Staff Evaluation of Board Evaluation of Non-Administrative Staff Extra- and Co-Curricular Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Use Extra- and Co-Curricular Funds Family Engagement Policy Family Medical Leave Field Trips, Excursions, and Outdoor Education Financial Reporting and Audits Fingerprints and Criminal Background Investigations Firearms and Weapons Flexible Instructor Licensing Food Services Foreign Exchange Students Gambling Gangs and Gang Activity GASB-54 Gifted Program Goals [Administration] Goals [Community Relations] Goals [Financial Management] Goals [Instruction] Goals [Noninstructional Operations] Grade Organization Grading and Progress Reports Guidance and Counseling Health Enhancement High School Graduation Requirements HIPAA

R REC

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OP REC REC OP REC REC REC REC REC OP OP OP OP REC OP R REC OP R OP REC REC REC REC R OP REC R OP R REC REC R R REC R R OP R REC REC OP OP

5510F 5120 – 5120P -5120F 5333 2430 7540 7540F1 7540F2 7540F3 7540F4 1008FE 1621 7520 7550 8131 1009SG 2311 5331 1014FE 3612F 1635 2151-2151F 4411 7540F5 8421 2314 7525 5321 1000 2123 2309 2500 5329 - 5329P 3415-3415P 1513 5330 3125F 8205 3413F1 1105 5322 3124 1007FE-F1 3416F1

REC OP REC OP OP R REC

2170 – 2170P 1007FE 5250 1012FE 1014FE-F1 1420F 8302

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HIPAA Release of Information Form Hiring Process and Criteria Holidays Homework Housing Policy Housing Rental Agreement and Rules Form Housing Lead Paint Disclosure Form Housing Mold Disclosure Form Housing Pet Agreement Form Increase in Over Base Levy Authroity Without a Vote In-Service Conference for Trustees Independent Investment Accounts Indirect Cost Reimbursement Indoor Air Quality Innovation Instructional Materials Insurance Benefits for Employees Intent to Increase Non-Voted LEvy Internet Access Conduct Agreement Internships Interscholastic Activities Interrogations and Investigations Conducted by School Officials Landlord-Tenant Checklist Lead Renovation Learning Materials Review Lease – Purchase Agreement Leaves of Absence Legal Status and Operation Lesson Plan Library Materials Limited English Proficiency Program Long-Term Illness/Temporary Disability Leave Management of Sports Related Concussions Management Rights Maternity Leave McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Dispute Resolution Form Meal Charge Policy Medical Exemption Form for Immunization Membership Military Leave Military Waiver Compact Model Multidistrict Agreement Form Montana Authorization to Possess or Self-Administer Asthma, Severe Allergy, or Anaphylaxis Medication Montana Digital Academy Classes Multi-District Agreements Non-Renewal of Employment/Dismissal From Employment Non-Voted Levy for Excess IDEA Costs Notice of Intent to Impose an Increase in Levies Form Notice Regarding Public Comment Noxious Plant and Animal Control


OP REC R OP REC R REC OP REC REC REC REC REC REC REC OP R OP R REC REC OP REC OP REC OP REC REC REC R R R REC REC R R REC R REC REC REC OP REC REC OP REC REC OP REC

2110 7215 8410 1100 1000FE

Objectives Obligations and Loans Operation and Maintenance of District Facilities Organization Overview of Flexibility and Efficiency Policies

1000SG

Overview of Strategic Governance Model

5420 2333 3150 – 3150P 5254 5500 7330-7330F 5223 7335 5231 - 5231P 7329 5224 5230 6210 7405 8210 7530 6420 1005FE 2130 3610 5220 2421 8320 7500 4340 4310 4120 3650 7320 1210 3608 2450 1401 3606F 8430 5256 4550 4410 2334 2332 3413F2 3440 - 3440P 1112 5251 7210

Paraprofessionals Participation in Commencement Exercises Part-Time Attendance Payment of Employer Contributions and Interest on Previous Service Payment of Wages Upon Termination Payroll Procedures-Schedules Personal Conduct Personal Reimbursements Personnel Records Petty Cash Funds Political Activity Prevention of Disease Transmission Principals Procurement Cards Procurement Policy for School Food Purchases Procurement of Supplies or Services Professional Growth and Development Proficiency-Based ANB Program Evaluation and Diagnostic Tests Programs for At-Risk/Disadvantaged Students Prohibition on Aiding Sexual Abuse Promotion and Retention Property Damage Property Records Public Access to District Records Public Complaints and Suggestions Public Relations Pupil Online Information Protection Act Purchasing Qualifications, Terms, and Duties of Board Officers Receipt of Confidential Records Recognition of Native American Cultural Heritage Records Available to Public Records Certification Records Management Reduction in Force Registered Sex Offenders Relations With Law Enforcement and Child Protective Agencies Release Time for Religious Instruction Religion and Religious Activities Religious Exemption Form for Immunization Removal of Student During School Day Resignation [Board] Resignations [Personnel] Revenues

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REC REC OP OP OP OP OP R REC REC REC REC REC REC OP REC R R REC R R R R OP R R R OP R REC OP OP R R REC REC REC R REC OP R OP OP REC REC OP REC REC REC

8300 4330P 1004FE 1004FE-F 1001FE 1135 1010SG-F2 1420 1402 8125 8105 2221 - 2221P 4330F 4211 3510 4210 2510 2100 3231 - 3231P 2162 - 2162P 2311P

Risk Management Rules and Regulations for Building Use Scaled Innovations Scaled Innovations Analysis Scanning of the Horizon School Board Advocacy School Board Annual Self-Assessment Form School Board Meeting Procedure School Board Use of Electronic Mail School Bus Emergencies School Bus Replacement School Closure School Facilities and Grounds Use and Liability Release Agreement School Name, Imagery, and Colors School-Sponsored Student Activities School-Support Organizations, Boosters and Fundraising School Wellness School Year Calendar and Day Searches and Seizure Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) Selection, Adoption, and Removal of Textbooks and Instructional Materials 2310 - 2310P Selection of Library Materials 8425 Service Animals 8425P Service Animals in District Facilities Procedure 1010SG-F3 SMaC Recipe Board of Trustees Exercise 3225-3225F-3225P Sexual Harassment of Students 5012-5012F-3012P Sexual Harassment of Employees 2171 Significant Writing Program 1002FE-F SMaC Analysis 2161 - 2161P Special Education 5130 Staff Health 1114 Student Board Member Participation 3615 Student Member of School Board 2132 Student and Family Privacy Rights 3415F Student Athlete and Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement 3550-3550F Student Clubs 8124 Student Conduct on Buses 3600F2 Student Directory Information Notification 3310 Student Discipline 3224 Student Dress 3100 Student Enrollment, Exceptional Circumstances 3520 Student Fees, Fines, and Charges 3530 – 3530P – 3530F Student Fund-Raising Activities 3005 Student Goals/Priorities 3410 Student Health/Physical Screenings/Examinations 3413 Student Immunization 3221 Student Publications 3600 - 3600P - 3600F1 Student Records 3200 Student Rights and Responsibilities 5440 Student Teachers/Interns

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REC REC REC R OP R R REC OP OP OP OP OP OP R R REC OP REC OP REC REC REC REC REC OP R OP OP REC OP REC OP REC OP OP

OP REC REC REC R REC REC REC REC

3233 3130 5314 2150 2240 6110 - 6110P 3300 1110 1008SG 1008SG-P 1003FE 1002FE 8426 8426F 2160 - 2160P 7220 -7220F 8225 2163 3606 1006FE 8100 8111 7336 1531 1532 1000SG -P 1700 1007SG 1007SG-P 4331 1630 1113 - 1113P 5213 5334 - 5334P 3235

Student Use of Buildings: Equal Access Students of Legal Age Substitutes Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summer School Superintendent Suspension and Expulsion – Corrective Actions and Punishment Taking Office Team Development and Training Team Development and Training The District’s Technology Program The District’s SMaC Recipe Therapy Animals Therapy Animals in District Facilities Form Title I Parent Involvement Title I Supplement Not Supplant Tobacco Free Policy Traffic Education Transfer of Student Records Transfers for School Safety Transportation Transportation of Students With Disabilities Travel Allowances and Expenses Trustee Expenses Trustee Insurance 12 Month Board Meeting Alignment Chart Uniform Complaint Procedure United Governance Team United Governance Team Use of School Property for Posting Notices Utilization of Montana School Boards Association Vacancies [Board] Vacancies [Personnel] Vacations Video Surveillance

1001SG 1001SG -P

Vision of High Expectations Vision of High Expectations

4315 4301 5430 8411 4350 5125 5221 2600-2600P 5337

Visitor and Spectator Conduct Visitors to Schools Volunteers Water Supply Systems Website Accessibility and Nondiscrimination Whistle Blowing and Retaliation Work Day Work Experience Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1000FE SERIES FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

1000FE 1001FE 1002FE 1002FE-F 1003FE 1004FE 1004FE-F 1005FE 1006FE 1007FE 1007FE –F1 1008FE 1009FE 1010FE 1011FE 1012FE 1013FE 1014FE 1014FE-F1

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Overview of Flexibility and Efficiency Policies Scanning of the Horizon The District’s SMaC Recipe SMaC Analysis The District’s Technology Program Scaled Innovations Scaled Innovations Analysis Proficiency-Based ANB Transfers for School Safety Multidistrict Agreements Model Multidistrict Agreement Form Increase in Over Base Levy Authority Without a Vote Flexible Instructor Licensing Early Enrollment Exceptional Circumstances Cooperative Purchasing Non-voted Levy for Excess IDEA Costs Adult Education Intent to Increase Non-Voted Levy Notice of Intent to Impose an Increase in Levies Form


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Cascade School District

1000FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Overview of Flexibility and Efficiency Policies The Cascade Board of Trustees has adopted and committed to a governance structure that keeps the focus of the Board on students and that increases the District’s flexibility and efficiency to maximize the District’s resources that are available for the benefit of students and student achievement through available innovations. In furtherance of this policy, the Board has adopted and implemented the following processes: • Regular scanning conditions that will impact the District’s intended success and the community and students served (Policy 1001FE); • Developing and annually updating the District’s SMaC (Specific, Methodical and Consistent) recipe identifying practices that have created a replicable and consistent formula for success (Policy 1002FE); • Developing and annually updating the District’s technology platform in coordination with the District’s SMaC Recipe (Policy 1003FE); and • Annually reviewing available innovation, flexibility and/or efficiency strategies/policies, documenting the rationale for implementing certain strategies/policies and, likewise, documenting the rationale for deciding that such strategies are not best for the District and the community and students served (Policies 1004FE-1012FE).

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Cascade School District

1001FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Scanning of the Horizon At each regular meeting of the Board the agenda will include an opportunity for the Board to engage in future scanning of the horizon to identify external emerging issues and trends (what is being scanned) that are relevant (the reason the District is scanning) to the District’s and the students’ success over the coming years. This ongoing process assists the Board in identifying barriers or drivers to the District’s intended success and developing strategies for drivers to success and solutions to identified barriers to success. The District will discuss and document ongoing anticipated changes, if any, in the following areas/conditions that will have an impact on the District and on students’ success over the coming years: • Demographics • Business and Economic Climate • Science and Technology • Politics and Social Values • Legislation and Regulation In examining each of these areas, the District will discuss and identify current conditions, trends and assumptions about the future (5 years).

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Cascade School District

1002FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

The District’s SMaC Recipe The District is committed to the development and to annually update the District’s SMaC (Specific, Methodical and Consistent) Recipe. A SMaC recipe is a set of durable operating practices that create a replicable and consistent success formula. It is clear and concrete, enabling the entire District and community to unify and organize its efforts, giving clear guidance regarding what practices have worked and what practices have not worked in order to guide the District in making decisions and implementing practices that will lead to continuous improvement and desired success. A SMaC recipe reflects empirical validation and insight about what actually works and why.

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1002FE-F

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

SMaC Analysis At the ________ meeting of the Cascade School District, the Board of Trustees reflected on and took stock of the successes and failures of the Cascade School District over the past ____ years and developed a SMaC Recipe. The District discussed the following: A. B. C. D.

Cascade School District’s greatest successes achieved over the last ____ years. Cascade School District’s most significant disappointments over this same timeframe. What specific practices correlate with the successes but not the disappointments? Which of the practices associated with our successes can endure, remain relevant and last between ____ to ____ years and apply across a wide range of circumstances to further our success? E. What specific practices correlate with the disappointments but not the successes? F. What insights do we have regarding why these specific practices work? G. What can we do, collectively and individually, to avoid the specific practices associated with past disappointments? Based on all of the above, the District developed and has continually updated its SMaC recipe, consisting of points that reinforce each other as a coherent system and codified as an expression of what best drives the Cascade School District’s successes. The District’s SMaC recipe can be found on the District’s website.

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Cascade School District

1003FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

The District’s Technology Program (SMaC 2) The District is committed to the development of and to annually update the District’s technology program. In addition to how the District effectively incorporates technology into its learning opportunities for students, staff, parents and the community, the District will analyze the following areas: • Social Media – How the community comes together to learn about and share perspective on the District; • Mobile Technology – How the District personalizes the delivery of information via mobile technology to different audiences; • Analytics – How the District derives, analyzes and uses information on the community’s and public’s use of your technology to derive insights; • Cloud Computing – How the District provides an elastic and scalable data warehouse to increase transparency and provide ease of access by your community and the public.

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1004FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Scaled Innovations The District is committed to an ongoing process of reviewing available innovation, flexibility and/or efficiency strategies/policies, documenting the rationale for implementing certain strategies/policies and, likewise, documenting the rationale for deciding that such strategies are not best for the District and the community and students served. The District will, on an annual basis, conduct an analysis of available innovations by using the following 4 Knowledge Based Decision Making (KBDM) questions to gain informed perspective: 1. What do we know about our stakeholder’s needs, wants, and preferences that are relevant to this decision? 2. What do we know about the current realities and evolving dynamics of our environment that is relevant to this decision? 3. What do we know about the capacity and strategic position of our district that is relevant to this decision? 4. What are the ethical implications?

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1004FE-F

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

At the ________ meeting of the Cascade School District, the Board of Trustees, using the Knowledge Based Decision Making questions, analyzed and made decisions on the available innovation, flexibility and/or efficiency strategies/policies. The following captures the District’s discussions and decisions: Scaled Innovations Analysis Date of Discussion

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Specific innovation, Decision to flexibility and/or efficiency implement strategy (Y/N) Proficiency-based ANB for • Advanced learners • Homebound instruction • Alternative instruction during discipline • General flexibility for families • Flipped instruction model • Distance learning Transfers for School Safety Multidistrict Agreements Increase in Over Base Levy Without a vote Flexible Licensing Early Enrollment Exceptional Circumstances Cooperative Purchasing Non-voted Levy for Excess IDEA Costs Etc.

Rationale for the District’s decision


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1005FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: Feb 21, 2017, Nov. 19, 2019 Reviewed on: March 28, 2018 Revised on:

Proficiency-Based ANB It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing the provision of law allowing proficiency-based ANB. The school district has a definition of proficiency within the meaning of that term as used in 20-9311(4)(d). The definition must not require seat time as a condition or other element of determining proficiency. The definition must be incorporated in the district's policies and must be used for purposes of determining content and course mastery and other progress, promotion from grade to grade, grades, and graduation for pupils enrolled in the district's transformational learning program. Definition of Proficiency For purposes of this policy, the term “proficiency” means a degree of mastery of the underlying content for a course that is reflective of a final grade, in the professional opinion of the teacher of record, of not less than a “B”. The determination of proficiency by a teacher must not require seat time as a condition or other element of determining proficiency. The determination of proficiency for a pupil enrolled in a course shall be made no earlier than the deadline for submitting the final grade for the course. The determination of proficiency for a pupil not enrolled in a course shall be based on the pupil’s mastery of the underlying content of the course, demonstrated through completion of a final exam designed by the teacher of record for the applicable course with a minimum grade of a “B”. Teachers of record have full professional discretion in determining proficiency of pupils in courses taught. Teachers of record are encouraged to integrate trial and error into the learning process and to incorporate continued opportunity for practice and revision of assignments until a pupil reaches a performance level that demonstrates to the teacher’s satisfaction that mastery of learning expectations has been attained. The District may include in its calculation of ANB a pupil who is enrolled in a program providing fewer than the required aggregate hours of pupil instruction required under Montana law if the pupil has demonstrated proficiency in the content ordinarily covered by the instruction as determined by the school board using district assessments. The ANB of a pupil who demonstrates proficiency in any content/subject matter will be converted to an hourly equivalent based on the hours of instruction ordinarily provided for the content over which the student has demonstrated proficiency. The District may, on a case-by-case basis, provide fractional credit for partial completion of a course for a student who is unable to attend class for the required amount of time. The District may waive specific course requirements based on individual student needs and performance ©MTSBA 2016


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levels. Waiver requests shall also be considered with respect to age, maturity, interest, and aspirations of the students and shall be in consultation with the parents or guardians. At the discretion of the District, a student may be given credit for a course satisfactorily completed in a period of time shorter or longer than normally required and, provided that the course meets the District's curriculum and assessment requirements, which are aligned with the content standards stated in the education program. Examples of acceptable course work include, but are not necessarily limited to, those delivered through correspondence, extension, and distance learning courses, adult education, summer school, work study, specially designed courses, and challenges to current courses.

Legal Reference: 20-1-301, MCA 20-9-311(4)(a)(b)(d), MCA 20-3-324, MCA 10.55.906 ARM Reviewed: Mar 28, 2018

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School fiscal year Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) – 3-year averaging Powers and duties High School Credit


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1006FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 2/21/17, 11/19/19 Reviewed on: 3/28/2018 Revised on:

Transfers for School Safety It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing the provision of law allowing transfers of funds to improve school safety and security. The District may transfer state or local revenue from any budgeted or non-budgeted fund, other than the debt service fund or retirement fund, to its building reserve fund in an amount not to exceed the school district's estimated costs of improvements to school and student safety and security The transfer of such funds can be for: 1. planning for improvements to and maintenance of school and student safety, including but not limited to the cost of services provided by architects, engineers, school resource officers, counselors, and other staff or consultants assisting with improvements to school and student safety and security; 2. programs to support school and student safety and security, including but not limited to active shooter training, threat assessments and restorative justice; 3. installing or updating locking mechanisms and ingress and egress systems at public school access points, including but not limited to systems for exterior egress doors and interior passageways and rooms, using contemporary technologies; 4. installing or updating bullet-resistant windows and barriers; and 5. installing or updating emergency response systems using contemporary technologies Any transfers made under this policy and Montana law are not considered expenditures to be applied against budget authority. Any revenue transfers that are not encumbered for expenditures in compliance with the four reasons stated above, within 2 full school fiscal years after the funds are transferred, must be transferred back to the originating fund from which the revenue was transferred. If transfers of funds are made from a District fund supported by a non-voted levy, the District may not increase its non-voted levy for the purpose of restoring the transferred funds. Any transfer made under this policy must be made by Board Action. Cross Reference:

Policy 7310

Budget Implementation and Execution

Legal Reference:

20-9-503, MCA

Budgeting, tax levy, and use of building reserve fund. Transfer of funds – improvements to school safety and security

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1007FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Multidistrict Agreements It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing multidistrict agreements whenever possible. Montana law (20-3-363, MCA) allows the boards of trustees of any two or more school districts to enter into a multidistrict agreement to create a multidistrict cooperative to perform any services, activities, and undertakings of the participating districts and to provide for the joint funding and operation and maintenance of all participating districts upon the terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed to by the districts The agreement must be approved by the boards of trustees of all participating districts and must include a provision specifying terms upon which a district may exit the multidistrict cooperative. The agreement may be for a period of up to 3 years. All expenditures in support of the multidistrict agreement may be made from the interlocal cooperative fund as specified in 20-9-703 and 20-9-704. Each participating district of the multidistrict cooperative may transfer funds into the interlocal cooperative fund from the district's general fund, budgeted funds other than the retirement fund or debt service fund, or non-budgeted funds other than the compensated absence liability fund. Transfers to the interlocal cooperative fund from each participating school district's general fund are limited to an amount not to exceed the direct state aid in support of the respective school district's general fund. Transfers from the retirement fund and debt service fund are prohibited. Transfers may not be made with funds restricted by federal law unless the transfer is in compliance with any restrictions or conditions imposed by federal law. Expenditures from the interlocal cooperative fund are limited to those expenditures that are permitted by law and that are within the final budget for the budgeted fund from which the transfer was made. If transfers of funds are made from a District fund supported by a non-voted levy, the District may not increase its non-voted levy for the purpose of restoring the amount of funds transferred. Examples of flexibility under this policy and Montana Law include but are not limited to: Ø A district with a separate high school and elementary budget can enter into an agreement within the district; Ø A district may enter into an agreement with any other school district(s) for the sharing of resources, including supplies, services, personnel, etc. Legal Reference:

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20-3-363, MCA 20-9-703, MCA 2-9-704, MCA

Multidistrict agreements – fund transfers District as prime agency District as cooperating agency


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Cascade School District

1007FE-F1

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: Jan 24, 2017 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Model Multidistrict Agreement Model Multidistrict Agreement This Multidistrict Agreement (hereinafter “Agreement”) is entered into this ____ day of __________________, 20__ by and between identify participating school districts (collectively hereinafter “ Participating District” or “Participating Districts”). WHEREAS, pursuant to section 20-3-363, MCA, the boards of trustees of any two or more school districts may enter into an Multidistrict Agreement to create a multidistrict cooperative to perform any services, activities, and undertakings of the Participating Districts and to provide for the joint funding and operation and maintenance of all Participating Districts upon the terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed to by the districts subject to the conditions of section 20-3-363, MCA; WHEREAS, an Agreement made pursuant to section 20-3-363, MCA, must be approved by the board of trustees of all Participating Districts; WHEREAS, all expenditures in support of the Multidistrict Agreement may be made from the interlocal cooperative fund in accordance with sections 20-9-703 and 20-9-704, MCA. Each Participating District of the multidistrict cooperative may transfer funds into the interlocal cooperative fund from the general fund, any budgeted fund, or any non-budgeted fund of the Participating Districts, except as limited/prohibited law as follows: 1. transfers to the interlocal cooperative fund from each Participating District's general fund are limited to an amount not to exceed the direct state aid in support of the respective school district's general fund; 2. transfers from the retirement fund, the debt service fund or the compensated absence liability fund are prohibited; and 3. transfers may not be made with funds restricted by federal law unless such transfer is in compliance with any restrictions or conditions imposed by federal law. WHEREAS, in accordance with section 20-9-703, MCA, ________________ shall be designated as the prime agency. All other Participating Districts shall be designated as cooperating agencies; WHEREAS, expenditures from the interlocal cooperative fund are limited to those expenditures that are permitted by law and that are within the final budget for the budgeted fund from which the transfer was made. NOW THEREFORE, the districts hereby agree as follows: ©MTSBA 2016


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1. To create a multidistrict cooperative for the purpose of incorporate purpose(s) here; 2. To create an interlocal cooperative fund for the purpose of transferring funds from the Participating Districts for the purpose(s) stated herein; 3. The identify the district designated as the prime agency is designated as the prime agency and as such shall establish a non-budgeted interlocal cooperative fund for the purpose of the financial administration of this Multidistrict Agreement. 4. All other Participating Districts are designated as the cooperating agencies and in accordance with section 20-9-704, shall transfer its financial support under this Agreement to the prime agency by district warrant. 5. Any and all amounts transferred into the interlocal cooperative fund by any Participating District may come from: (a) the respective district’s general fund in an amount not to exceed the direct state aid in support of the respective school district’s general fund; or (b) any other budgeted fund of a participating district, except that funds cannot be transferred from the retirement fund or the debt service fund; or (c) any non-budgeted fund of a Participating District, except that funds cannot be transferred from the compensated absence liability fund. 6. Transfers may not be made with funds restricted by federal law unless the transfer is in compliant with any restrictions or conditions imposed by federal law. 7. Any and all amounts transferred into the interlocal cooperative fund by each Participating District must be for the purpose stated herein as mutually agreed upon between the Participating Districts in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. 8. The term of this Agreement shall be from _____________ to ___________________.* This Agreement may be extended by mutual approval of each Participating District. However, the term of the Agreement may not extend beyond 3 years. Any remaining fund balance in the interlocal cooperative fund at year end may be carried over to the subsequent fiscal year. 9. The terms of this Agreement may be changed upon mutual written approval of the Participating Districts. 10. Each Participating District shall agree how the funds shall be disbursed during the current fiscal year by establishing a budget or guidelines. The prime agency shall adhere to this Agreement. The Participating Districts will be provided with a monthly accounting summary of expenditures from the prime agency. 11. The multidistrict cooperative may be dissolved upon mutual consent of all Participating Districts in writing upon ___ days written notice to all Participating Districts. In addition, any Participating District may terminate its participation in the multi-district cooperative upon ___ days written notice to all Participating Districts. In the event that the multidistrict cooperative is dissolved in its entirety or any Participating District terminates its participation in the multidistrict cooperative, the provisions of Paragraph 12 below shall apply.

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12. Upon termination of this Agreement by one or all Participating Districts, the funds of the district or districts that no longer desire to participate in this multidistrict cooperative shall be returned to such District(s) on a pro rata share of the current funds held by the prime agency after all outstanding financial obligations have been paid with said funds to revert back to the original fund(s) from which the money was transferred as a result of said District(s) participation in the multidistrict cooperative. 13. Montana.

This Agreement shall be interpreted according to and governed by the laws of the State of

As agreed on this _____ day of ______________, 20__. __________________________________

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* Note: The term of the agreement may be for a period of up to 3 years.

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Cascade School District

1008FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 2/21/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Increase in Over-Base Levy Authority Without a Vote It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing provisions in law that allow for increases in over-base levy authority without a vote through decreases in other non-voted levies. Provided that budget limitations otherwise specified in law are not exceeded, the Board of Trustees may in its discretion increase the District's over-base budget levy without a vote if the Board reduces nonvoted property tax levies authorized by law to be imposed by action of the Board by at least as much as the amount by which the over-BASE budget levy is increased. The ongoing authority for any non-voted increase in the over-BASE budget levy imposed must be decreased in future years to the extent the Board imposes any increase in other non-voted property tax levies. Legal Reference:

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20-9-308, MCA

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Cascade School District

1009FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17, 11/19/19 Reviewed on: 3/28/2018 Revised on:

Recruitment and Retention It is the policy of the District to utilize all resources available to meet the District’s objective of recruiting and retaining high quality staff focused on the individual success of each student. To meet this objective the District will utilize the flexible instructor licensure opportunities available to the District. Flexible Instructor Licensing It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing the provision of law allowing flexibility in licensure of instructors and as a means of addressing recruitment and retention of staff. Flexibilities in the following areas are available for the District’s enhancement of its programs and services with a focus on individual student success: • Internships o Available to anyone with a current license and endorsement in one subject who wants to move to a new licensed role/endorsed area. o Requirements must be satisfied within 3 years o Must include a plan between the intern, the school district and an accredited preparation program • Provisionally Certified o May be issued to an otherwise qualified applicant who can provide satisfactory evidence of: § The intent to qualify in the future for a class 1 or class 2 certificate and § Who has completed a 4-year college program or its equivalent, and § Holds a bachelor’s degree from a unit of the Montana university system or its equivalent. • Substitutes o Must have a GED or high school diploma o Will have completed 3 hours of training by the district o Will have submitted a fingerprint background check (All requirements can be waived by the district if the substitute has prior substitute teaching experience in another public school from November 2002 to earlier) o May not substitute more than 35 consecutive days for the same teacher, however the same substitute can be used for successive absences of different staff as long as each regular teacher for whom the substitute is covering is back by 35 consecutive teaching days • Retired Educators

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1009FE Page 2 of 3 o School district must certify to OPI and TRS that the district has been unable to fill the position due to no qualified applications or no acceptance of offer by a non-retired teacher. o Limited to employment in a second or third class elementary district or a second or third class high school district. o Retired teacher must have 27 years of experience in TRS o There is a 3-year lifetime limit on the retired individual going to work under this provision. •

Class 3 Administrative License o Valid for a period of 5 years o Appropriate administrative areas include: elementary principal, secondary principal, K-12 principal, K-12 superintendent, and supervisor. o Must be eligible for an appropriately endorsed Class 1,2 or 5 license to teach in the school(s) in which the applicant would be an administrator or would supervise, and qualify as set forth in ARM 10.57414 through 10.57.418 o An applicant for a Class 3 administrative license who completed an educator preparation program which does not meet the definition in ARM 10.57.102(2), who is currently licensed in another state at the same level of licensure, may be considered for licensure with verification of five years of successful administrative experience as defined in ARM 10.57.102 as documented by a recommendation from a state accredited P-12 school employer on a form prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and approved by the Board of Public Education. The requirements of ARM 10.57.414(1)(c)(i-iii) must be met by an applicant seeking a superintendent endorsement.

Class 4 for CTE o Valid for a period of 5 years o Renewable pursuant to the requirements of 10.57.215, ARM and the requirements specific to each type of Class 4 license. o 4A – for licensed teachers without a CTE endorsement o 4B – for individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree o 4C – for individuals with a minimum of a high school diploma or GED Class 5 alternatives o Good for a maximum of 3 years o Requirements dependent upon the alternative the district is seeking Emergency authorization of employment o Individual must have previously held a valid teacher or specialist certificate or have met requirements of rule 10.57.107, ARM o Emergency authorization is valid for one year, but can be renewed from year to year provided conditions of scarcity continue to persist

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1009FE Page 3 of 3 Loan Repayment Program The District will assist any quality educator who meets the qualifications for the state’s loan repayment program. Loan repayment assistance may be provided on behalf of a quality educator who: (1) is employed newly hired in an identified impacted school described in a critical quality educator shortage area as defined in 20-4-502; and (2) has an educational loan that is not in default and that has a minimum unpaid current balance of at least $1,000 at the time of application. A quality educator is eligible for state-funded loan repayment assistance for no more than 3 years and an additional 1 year of loan repayment assistance voluntarily funded by the impacted school or the district under which the impacted school is operated, with the maximum annual loan repayment assistance not to exceed: • $3,000 of state-funded loan repayment assistance after the first complete year of teaching in an impacted school; • $4,000 of state-funded loan repayment assistance after the second complete year of teaching in the same impacted school or another impacted school within the same school district; • $5,000 of state-funded loan repayment assistance after the third complete year of teaching in the same impacted school or another impacted school within the same school district; and • up to $5,000 of loan repayment assistance funded by the impacted school or the district under which the impacted school is operated after the fourth complete year of teaching in the same impacted school or another impacted school within the same school district. Legal References:

10.55.716, ARM 10.55.607, ARM 10.57.107, ARM 10.57.215, ARM 10.57.420, ARM 10.57.424, ARM 19-20-732, MCA 20-4-501-20-4-505

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Substitute Teachers Internships Emergency Authorization of Employment Renewal Requirements Class 4 Career and Technical Education License Class 5 Provisional License Reemployment of certain retired teachers, specialists and administrators – procedure – definitions Loan Repayment Assistance for Quality Educator


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Cascade School District

1010FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 2/21/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Early Enrollment Exceptional Circumstances It is the policy of the District to provide enhanced educational opportunities to students under the age of 5 when either individual exceptional circumstances exist and/or when Community-Based exceptional circumstances are present. Prohibition: This policy cannot be used to provide what is otherwise characterized or referred to as a pre-school, pursuant to20-7-117(2), MCA, which specifically prohibits the use of state equalization aid for preschool. This policy is intended for use to enroll students under the age of 5 when statutory criteria are met. Student Enrollment, Exceptional Circumstances Meriting Waiver of Age Requirements for Pupils Note: In order to adopt this policy, the board of trustees must select one or more of the characteristics identified in either Option A or Option B. The administration shall ensure admission, enrollment and assignment of all qualifying children referenced in this policy. The administration shall place children enrolled pursuant to this policy in either a half-time or full-time kindergarten program as an integral part of the elementary school program. The administration shall also ensure provision of a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible, pursuant to terms of each student’s individualized education program, for all children enrolled under this policy who are qualified for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The administration shall include children enrolled pursuant to this policy in the district’s calculation of average number belonging (ANB) as reported to OPI. Option A, Student-Specific Exceptional Circumstances: To be used when the board of trustees wants to define exceptional circumstances specific to the individual characteristics of each student or sub-group of students. The Board of Trustees declares the following to be qualifying “exceptional circumstances” within the meaning of that term as used in 20-5-101(3), that merit waiving the age provisions of 20-5-101(1), MCA for qualifying children under 6 years of age: Note: Each of the below should be considered separately for inclusion or exclusion in the Board’s adopted policy. Note: When enrolling on the basis of an individual student’s characteristics under this Option A, the District must be sure to document each qualifying student’s characteristics to ensure that criteria listed in this portion of the policy can be substantiated. 1. A child at least 3 years of age with a disability qualifying the child for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 2. A child who is 4 years of age or older on or before September 10 of the school year in which enrollment is to occur who: a. Meets the income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program; b. Is Limited English Proficient within the meaning of Title III of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act; ©MTSBA 2016


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c. Is Gifted and Talented within the meaning of that term as used in 20-7-901, MCA; d. Is an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe; e. Is homeless as defined in 42 U.S. Code § 11302, or, as determined by the administration, exhibits other characteristics or lives in circumstances that are uncommon, unusual, atypical, rare or otherwise distinguished from ordinary or typical which place the child at risk of failing to achieve at adequate levels. Option B, Exceptional Circumstances Present in the Community: To be used only for in-district students or homeless students under the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act when the board of trustees wants to define exceptional circumstances applicable to the community’s characteristics, as opposed to the individual characteristics of a particular student or sub-group of students. The Board of Trustees declares the following to be qualifying “exceptional circumstances” within the meaning of that term as used in 20-5-101(3), that merit waiving the age provisions of 20-5-101(1), MCA for children under 6 years of age who are either 4 years of age or older on or before September 10 of the school year in which enrollment is to occur or who are at least 3 years of age with a disability qualifying the child for services under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Note: Each of the below should be considered separately for inclusion or exclusion in the Board’s adopted policy. When enrolling on the basis of demographic characteristics of the community under this Option B, The District must be sure to research and document all of the criteria incorporated into the school district’s policy that is used to enroll on the basis of exceptional circumstances. 1. Homeless rates of the district’s pupils in comparison to statewide averages; 2. Percentage of the district’s pupils qualifying for services under The Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in comparison to statewide averages; 3. Percentage of the district’s pupils eligible for free or reduced lunch in comparison to statewide averages; 4. Average performance on standardized tests at the 3rd grade level in comparison to statewide averages; 5. Percentage of the district’s pupils who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe in comparison to statewide averages. Student Enrollment, Exceptional Circumstances Meriting Waiver of Age Requirements for Pupils When implementing Board Policy 3100, the District shall follow these procedures: 1. 2. 3. 4.

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The administration shall review the criteria set forth in the Policy 3100 and make the preliminary determination whether an individual student or class of students meets the criteria for exceptional circumstances set forth therein; The administration shall notify the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of the administration’s recommendation to the Board regarding the enrollment of the student(s) under the exceptional circumstances meriting waiving of the age requirements; The administration shall present the information to the Board for approval within _____ days of making the preliminary determination; In presenting the information to the Board, the administration shall either: (1) remove all identifying information about the student(s) when presenting the information to the Board in order to protect the privacy rights of the student under state and federal law, or (2) provide the name(s) of the students(s) to the Board in a closed session with notice to the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) that he/she/they have the right to attend the closed session; and The Board shall make the final decision on the enrollment of students under the District’s exceptional circumstances policy.

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The trustees shall annually review this policy and procedure based on changing circumstances pertaining to the criteria used for determination of the program. Legal Reference: § 20-5-101, MCA § 20-6-501, MCA § 20-7-117, MCA § 20-9-309, MCA

Admittance of child to school Definition of various schools Kindergarten and preschool programs Basic system of free quality public elementary and secondary schools defined Individual with Disabilities Act Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 National School Lunch Act (Public Law 396, 79th congress, chapter 281, 2nd session) Title III, ESEA (English language Acquisition, language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act) McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100-77, July 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 482, U.S.C. § 11301 et seq.

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Cascade School District

1011FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Cooperative Purchasing It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing provisions in law that allow for cooperative purchasing without the formalities of the bidding process. The District may enter into a cooperative purchasing contract for the procurement of supplies or services with one or more districts. This allows the District to participate in a cooperative purchasing group to purchase supplies and services through the group without bidding if the cooperative purchasing group has a publicly available master list of items available with pricing included and provides an opportunity at least twice yearly for any vendor, including a Montana vendor, to compete, based on a lowest responsible bidder standard. An example of flexibility under this policy and Montana Law includes but is not limited to the Montana Cooperative Services (MCS) Program. Legal Reference:

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20-9-204(4), MCA

Conflicts of interest, letting contracts, and calling for bids – exceptions


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Cascade School District

1012FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Non-voted Levy for Excess IDEA Costs It is the policy of the District to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the District’s resources by utilizing provisions in law that allow the District to levy amounts necessary to provide FAPE to resident students with special needs. In addition to use of a tuition levy to pay tuition for out-of-district attendance of a resident pupil, a school district may also include in its tuition levy an amount necessary to pay for the full costs of providing a free appropriate public education to any child with a disability who lives in the District. The amount of the levy imposed for the costs associated with educating each child with a disability must be limited to the actual cost of service under the child's individualized education program minus: (A) the student's state special education payment; (B) the student's federal special education payment; (C) the student's per-ANB amount; (D) the prorated portion of the district's basic entitlement for each qualifying student; and (E) the prorated portion of the district's general fund payments in 20-9-327 through 20-9-330 for each qualifying student. Legal Reference:

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20-5-324(5)(a)(iii), MCA 20-9-327, MCA 20-9-328, MCA 20-9-329, MCA 20-9-330, MCA

Tuition report and payment provisions Quality Educator Payment At-Risk Student Payment Indian education for all payment American Indian achievement gap payment


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Cascade School District

1013FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Page 1 of 2 Adult Education The Board of Trustees authorizes the establishment of an adult education program. The course offerings in such program may include but shall not necessarily be limited to instruction in basic skills, such as reading, writing, arithmetic, and other skills required to function in society, and/or any subject normally offered in the basic high school curricula of the school district. Course Offerings: Course offerings under the district’s adult education program shall include and be regularly aligned with and focused on the subjects required for graduation under policy 2410, and further aligned with the district's curriculum and assessment requirements, and the content standards of the Board of Public Education. The Administration shall periodically compile, update and publish a list showing the corresponding course equivalency between adult education courses and the district’s high school courses required for graduation. Enrollment Qualifications: The Board of Trustees authorizes the enrollment of any member of the community who is 16 years of age or older who is not a regularly enrolled, full-time pupil for the purposes of ANB computation as provided in 20-7-701, MCA, including part-time pupils subject to the limitations of this section. Eligibility for enrollment of any part-time pupil who is 16 years of age or older is subject to the Administration’s assurances that the concurrent enrollment in high school and adult education of any part-time pupil claimed as such for ANB computation is, when combined, equal to or less than the equivalent of three-quarter-time enrollment as defined in 20-9-311, MCA. Primary Purpose 1: Credit Recovery/Improvement of Graduation Rates A preference for enrollment in specific courses in the district’s adult education program shall be accorded to any person: 1. Who has been previously enrolled as a pupil of the district in any of the 4 academic years prior to the year for which enrollment in the district’s adult basic education program is sought; 2. Who has failed to previously earn a high school diploma; and 3. Who is seeking to enroll in any course required for graduation under policy 2410 that the person has not yet completed. Upon the successful completion of all missing course work required for graduation by any person enrolled in the district’s adult education program under this section, and provided the person is otherwise qualified, the district shall grant such person a high school diploma in accordance with policy 2410.

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1013FE Page 2 of 2 Primary Purpose 2: Post-Secondary Success and Readiness A preference for enrollment in specific courses in the district’s adult education program shall be accorded to any person: 1. Who is at least 16 years of age but who is not yet 19 years of age; 2. Who has not yet graduated and is enrolled in the high school district on no more than a part time basis or who has graduated and has been admitted by the trustees as a part time pupil pursuant to 20-5-101(3); and 3. Who is seeking to enroll in any advance placement, dual credit or concurrent credit course offered in collaboration with the Montana university system. Option 1 on Tuition Cost, Person Pays: Any person enrolled in adult education courses under this section shall be responsible for any third party supplemental fees charged for participation in such courses, including but not limited to tuition charged by a postsecondary institution for courses granting college credit and advanced placement test fees charged by the College Board. Option 2 on Tuition Cost, District Pays: The district shall pay for any third party supplemental fees charged for participation in such courses, including but not limited to tuition charged by a postsecondary institution for courses granting college credit and advanced placement test fees charged by the College Board Option 3 on Tuition Cost, District Defrays Cost: Any person enrolled in adult education courses under this section shall be responsible for the first $100 per credit of any third party supplemental fees charged for participation in such courses, including but not limited to tuition charged by a postsecondary institution for courses granting college credit and advanced placement test fees charged by the College Board. The district shall pay for any third party costs above the first $100 per credit. Primary Purpose 3: Additional Offerings for the Community Aligned with Business and Economic Trends Additional adult education offerings may be developed in collaboration with community representatives, subject to approval and authorization by the Board. Preference in the development of such additional offerings will be provided to course offerings aligned with and designed to address identified community needs for retraining and/or professional development caused by economic or other circumstances unique to the community.

Cross Reference:

Policy 2410 – 2410P

High School Graduation Requirements

Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-101(3), MCA § 20-7-701, MCA

Admittance of child to school. Definition of adult basic education and adult education. Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) – 3 year averaging High School Credit

§ 20-9-311, MCA 10.55.906, ARM

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Cascade School District

1014FE

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17, 11/19/19 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Intent to Increase Non-Voted Levy The trustees shall adopt a resolution no later than March 31 whenever the trustees intend to impose an increase in a non-voted levy in the ensuing school fiscal year for the purposes of funding any of the funds listed below: a) b) c) d) e) f)

Tuition fund under 20-5-324; Adult education fund under 20-7/705; Building reserve fund under 20-9-502 and 20-9-503; Transportation fund under 20-10-143 and 20-10-144; and Bus depreciation reserve fund under 20-10-147. Flexibility fund for purposes of transformational learning.

The trustees shall provide notice of intent to impose an increase in a non-voted levy for the ensuing school fiscal year by: a) Adopting a resolution of intent to impose an increase in a non-voted levy that includes, at a minimum, the estimated number of increased or decreased mills to be imposed and the estimated increased or decreased revenue to be raised compared to non-voted levies under a-e imposed in the current school fiscal year and, based on the district’s taxable valuation most recently certified by the department of revenue under 15-10-202, the estimated impacts of the increase or decrease on a home valued at $100,000 and a home valued at $200,000, and b) Publish a copy of the resolution in a newspaper that will give notice to the largest number of people of the district as determined by the trustees and posting a copy of the resolution to the school district’s website. The resolution and publication of same must take place no later than March 31. The Superintendent shall keep the trustees informed of any changes that may have occurred, which may have an effect on the estimated change in the mills and revenue, between the adoption of the resolution and the final adoption of the budget. Legal Reference:

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20-9-116, MCA Chapter 402 (2019)

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Cascade School District

1014FE-F1

FLEXIBILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Adopted on: 1/24/17 Reviewed on: Revised on:

Notice of Intent to Impose an Increase in Levies Form As an essential part of its budgeting process, the Cascade Board of Trustees is authorized by law to impose levies to support its budget. The Cascade Board of Trustees estimates the following increases/decreases in revenues and mills for the funds noted below for the next school fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, using certified taxable valuations from the current school fiscal year as provided to the district: Fund Supported

Estimated Change in Revenues*

Estimated Change in Mills*

Estimated Impact, Home of $100,000*

Estimated Impact, Home of $200,000*

Adult Education Bus Depreciation Transportation

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Tuition

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Building Reserve Flexibility

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Regarding the increase in the building reserve levy referenced above, the following are school facility maintenance projects anticipated to be completed at this time: 1. ______________________________ 2. ______________________________ 3. ______________________________ 4. ______________________________ Legal Reference:

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20-9-116, MCA

Resolution of intent to increase nonvoted levy - notice


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Legal Status, Operation and Organization The legal name of this District is County of Cascade dba Cascade School District No. 3 & B, Cascade County, State of Montana. The District is classified as a class “C” district and is operated according to the laws and administrative rules pertaining to a class “C” district. The Board of Trustees of “County of Cascade” dba “Cascade School District No. 3 & B” is the governmental entity established by the state of Montana and constitutionally charged of the supervision and control of all aspects of the District’s operations. To achieve its primary goal of providing each child with a basic system of free quality education as required by Montana Law, the Board shall exercise the full authority granted to it by the laws of the state. Its legal powers, duties, and responsibilities are derived from the Montana Constitution and state statutes and administrative rules. Policies of the District define and frame the manner via which the District conducts its official business. The policies of the District are modified/updated from time to time to reflect the operation of the District. All handbooks approved by the Board are regarded as and given the same significance as District policy.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-323, MCA § 20-3-324, MCA § 20-6-101, MCA § 20-6-201, MCA § 20-6-301, MCA § 20-9-309, MCA

District policy and record of acts Powers and duties Definition of elementary and high school districts Elementary district classification High school district classification Basic system of free quality public elementary and secondary schools defined – identifying educationally relevant factors – establishment of funding formula and budgetary structure – legislative review Article X, Section 8, MT Constitution

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: July 15, 2008, 9/2/21 Revised on: November 17, 2016, 9/14/21

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Organization The legal name of this District is Cascade School District No. 3, Cascade County, State of Montana. The District is classified as a class 2 school district and is operated according to the laws and regulations pertaining to a class 2 district. In order to achieve its primary goal of providing each child with the necessary skills and attitudes to become effective citizens, the Board shall exercise the full authority granted to it by the laws of the state. Its legal powers, duties and responsibilities are derived from the Montana Constitution and state statutes and regulations. Sources such as the school laws of Montana, and the administrative rules of the Board of Public Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction delineate the legal powers, duties and responsibilities of the Board.

Legal References:

§ 20-6-101, MCA § 20-6-201, MCA § 20-6-301, MCA § 20-3-324, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21

Definitions of elementary and high school districts Elementary district classification High school district classification Powers and duties


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Educational Philosophy / Mission Statement Teachers and staff believe that all students can learn and that they can teach all students. There is recognition of barriers for some students to overcome, but the barriers are not insurmountable. Students become engaged in an ambitious and rigorous course of study. Teachers allocate a significant amount of classroom time to instruction in the essential skills. Specified time is allocated to instruction in the content areas with instructional focus on the objectives to be learned. There is clear communication of the purpose, goals, and expectations of each lesson. Teachers are skilled in classroom management so that the learning environment is positive and productive. The mission of Cascade Schools is to be an effective school. Students, parents, school staff, and community will be connected through strong, caring partnerships. We will provide a safe and nurturing environment in which every Individual is inspired and challenged to acquire knowledge and Life skills, to practice tolerance, to develop strong moral and ethical values, and to preserve our Western heritage. All individuals will be motivated and empowered to be Contributing members of our community, state, and global society. Written by Effective School Mission/Vision Team January 2005

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: October 16, 2007 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21


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Membership and Terms of Office The District is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of six members. Cascade School District #B shall have one representative on the high school Board of Trustees from the Ulm School District #85. Therefore, six (6) members make up the high school Board and five (5) members make up the elementary Board. The powers and duties of the Board include the broad authority to adopt and enforce all policies necessary for the management, operations and governance of the District. Except as otherwise provided by law, trustees shall hold office for terms of three (3) years, or until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms of trustees shall be staggered as provided by law. All trustees shall participate on an equal basis with other members in all business transactions pertaining to the high school maintained by the District. Only those trustees elected from the elementary district may participate in business transactions pertaining to the elementary schools maintained by the District. Legal References:

§ 20-3-301, MCA § 20-3-302, MCA § 20-3-305, MCA § 20-3-306, MCA § 20-3-307, MCA § 20-3-341, MCA § 20-3-351, MCA § 20-3-352, MCA § 20-3-361, MCA

Election and term of office Legislative intent to elect less than majority of trustees Candidate qualification, filing deadline, and withdrawal Conduct of election Qualification and oath Number of trustee positions in elementary districts – transition Number of trustee positions in high school districts Request and determination of number of high school district additional trustee positions – nonvoting trustee Joint board of trustees organization and voting membership

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, March 28, 2018, 9/2/21 Revised on: September 18, 2007, November 18, 2014, 9/14/21

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Taking Office A newly elected trustee shall take office as soon as election results have been certified and the newly elected trustee has taken and subscribed to an oath to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office to the best of his/her ability. A newly appointed trustee shall take office, after the trustee has taken and subscribed to an oath to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office to the best of his/her ability. The person shall qualify by taking an oath of office administered by the county superintendent, the superintendent’s designee, or any officer provided for in 1-6-101, MCA or 2-16-116, MCA. Such oath must be filed with the county superintendent not more than twenty-five (25) days after the receipt of the certificate of election or the appointment. Cross Reference:

Policy 1113

Vacancies

Legal References:

§ 1-6-101, MCA § 2-16-116, MCA § 20-1-202, MCA § 20-3-307, MCA

Officers who may administer oaths Power to administer oaths Oath of office Qualification and oath

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: September 18, 2006 Revised on: July 18, 2008 Revised on: March 10, 2014 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: Nov. 19, 2019


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Election Elections conducted by the District are nonpartisan and are governed by applicable election laws as found in Titles 13 & 20 of the Montana Code Annotated. The ballot at such elections may include candidates for trustee positions, various public policy propositions, and advisor questions. Board elections shall take place on the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in May of each year. Any person who is a qualified voter of the District is legally qualified to become a trustee. A declaration of intent to be a candidate must be submitted to the District Clerk at least forty (40) days before the regular school election day. If different terms are to be filled, the term for the position for which the candidate is filing must also be indicated. Any person seeking to become a write-in candidate for a trustee position shall file a declaration of intent no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the ballot certification deadline in 20-20-401. If the number of candidates filing for vacant positions or filing a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate is equal to or less than the number of positions to be elected, the trustees may give notice no later than thirty (30) days before the election that a trustee election will not take place. If a trustee election is not held, the trustees shall declare the candidates elected by acclamation and shall issue a “certificate of election” to each candidate. A candidate intending to withdraw from the election shall send a statement of withdrawal to the clerk of the district containing all information necessary to identify the candidate and the office for which the candidate filed. The statement of withdrawal must be acknowledged by the clerk of the district. A candidate may not withdraw after 5:00 p.m. the day before the ballot certification deadline in 20-20-401. In the event of an unforeseen emergency occurring on the date scheduled for the funding election, the district will be allowed to reschedule the election for a different day of the calendar year. In years when the Legislature meets in regular session or in a special session that affects school funding, the trustees may order the election on a date other than the regular school election day in order for the electors to consider a proposition requesting additional funding under § 20-9353, MCA.

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§ 13-10-211, MCA § 20-3-304, MCA § 20-3-305, MCA § 20-3-313, MCA § 20-3-322, MCA § 20-3-322(5), MCA

Declaration of intent for write-in candidates Annual election Candidate qualification, nomination and withdrawal Election by acclamation – notice Meetings and quorum Meetings and quorum (unforeseen emergency definition) § 20-3-324(4), MCA Powers and duties § 20-3-344, MCA Nomination of candidates by petition in first-class elementary district § 20-9-353, MCA Additional financing for general fund – election for authorization to impose § 20-20-105, MCA Regular school election day and special school elections – limitation – exception § 20-20-204, MCA Election Notice § 20-20-301, MCA Qualifications of elector

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: October 16, 2007 Revised on: October 20, 2009 Revised on: March 10, 2014 Revised: 08/18/15 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21

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Candidate Orientation Candidates for appointment or election to the Board shall be urged to attend public meetings of the Board. All public information about the school system shall be made available to them. Additionally, the Board directs the Superintendent to cooperate impartially with all candidates in providing them with information about school governance, Board operations and school programs. Notices of candidate's meetings that are sponsored by impartial, non-partisan organizations may be announced in District publications and/or be sent home with students. The following procedures shall be followed: 1.

If a candidate is scheduled to appear or speak as a part of a school-sponsored program, all candidates for that position shall be invited to attend or to send representatives;

2.

The school will not send home partisan materials through the students; and

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The Superintendent shall invite all candidates to an information session. Each candidate will be given the same materials and information at these sessions.

Procedure History: Promulgated on: Reviewed on:

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Resignation The resignation of a trustee of the District must be in writing, must stipulate an effective date, and must be submitted to the Clerk of the District. Trustees retiring from the Board may be recognized for their service to the District by presentation of a service plaque or other appropriate activities.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-308, MCA § 2-16-502, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: April 15, 2014 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: July 16, 2019

Vacancy of trustee position Resignations


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Vacancies A trustee position becomes vacant before the expiration of a term, when any of the following occurs: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Death of the trustee; The effective date stipulated in the written resignation of the trustee filed with the Clerk; Trustee moves out of the nominating district, establishing residence elsewhere; Trustee is no longer a registered elector of the District under the provisions of § 20-20301, MCA; Trustee is absent from the District for sixty (60) consecutive days; Trustee fails to attend three (3) consecutive meetings of the trustees without good excuse; Trustee has been removed under the provisions of § 20-3-310, MCA; or Trustee ceases to have the capacity to hold office under any other provision of law. A trustee position also shall be vacant when an elected candidate fails to qualify.

When a trustee vacancy occurs, the remaining trustees shall declare such position vacant and fill such vacancy by appointment. The Board will receive applications from any qualified persons seeking to fill the position after suitable public notice. The Board will appoint one (1) candidate to fill the position. Should the Board fail to fill a vacancy within sixty (60) days from the creation of a vacancy, the county superintendent shall appoint, in writing, a competent person to fill such vacancy. An appointee shall qualify by completing and filing an oath of office with the county superintendent within fifteen (15) days after receiving notice of the appointment and shall serve until the next regularly scheduled school election and a successor has qualified.

Cross Reference:

1240 1112

Duties of Individual Trustees Resignations

Legal References:

§ 2-16-501(3), MCA Vacancies created § 20-3-308, MCA Vacancy of trustee position § 20-3-309, MCA Filling vacated trustee position – appointee qualification and term of office

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: 11/17/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 11/20/07, 3/10/14, 7/16/19, 9/14/21, 10/19/21 © MTSBA 2022


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Vacancies When a vacancy occurs on the Board, it is in the best interest of the District to encourage as many able citizens as possible to consider becoming a trustee. To that end, the following procedures shall be used to identify and appoint citizens to fill Board vacancies: 1.

Announcement of the vacancy and the procedure for filling it shall be made in the general news media as well as District publications to patrons.

2.

All citizens shall be invited to nominate candidates for the position, provided that the nominees shall be residents of the District. A letter of application will be required of interested candidates.

3.

The Board shall individually interview the finalists in a regular or special meeting and appoint the candidate who, in the judgment of the Board, is most likely to contribute to the growth and development of the District’s education programs and operations. All trustees shall vote on the candidate of their choice.

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If no one (1) candidate receives a majority of the votes, the Board may:

5.

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Discuss all candidates and vote again;

b.

Discuss all candidates and vote only on those candidates with the most votes; or

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Continue voting until one (1) candidate receives a majority vote.

The Board Clerk shall prepare, for the signatures of all trustees, a letter thanking all candidates for the position and commending them for their interest in the District.

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01, Reviewed on: 11/17/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/19/21

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Vacancies When a vacancy occurs on the Board, it is in the best interest of the District to encourage as many able citizens as possible to consider becoming a Trustee. To that end, the following procedures shall be used to identify and appoint citizens to fill Board vacancies: 1.

Announcement of the vacancy and the procedure for filling it shall be made in the general news media as well as District publications to patrons.

2.

All citizens shall be invited to nominate candidates for the position, provided that the nominees shall be residents of the District. A letter of application will be required of interested candidates.

3.

The Board shall individually interview the finalists in a regular or special meeting and appoint the candidate who, in the judgment of the Board, is most likely to contribute to the growth and development of the District's education programs and operations. All trustees shall vote on the candidate of their choice.

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If no one candidate receives a majority of the votes, the Board may:

5.

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discuss all candidates and vote again;

b.

discuss all candidates and vote only on those candidates with the most votes; or

c.

continue voting until one candidate receives a majority vote.

The Board Clerk shall prepare for the signatures of all trustees a letter thanking all candidates for the position and commending them for their interest in the District.

Procedure History: Promulgated on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21


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Annual Organization Meeting After issuance of election certificates to newly elected trustees, but no later than twenty-five (25) days after the election, the Board shall elect from among its members a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson to serve until the next annual organizational meeting. If a Board member is unable to continue to serve as an officer, a replacement shall be elected at the earliest opportunity to serve the remainder of the term. In the absence of both the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson, the Board shall elect a Chairperson pro tempore, who shall perform the functions of the Chairperson during the latter’s absence. The Clerk shall act as Board secretary. The normal order of business shall be modified for the annual organizational meeting by considering the following matters after the approval of the minutes of the previous meeting: 1.

Welcome and introduction of newly-elected Board Members by the current Chair.

2.

Swearing in of newly-elected trustees.

3.

Call for nominations for Chairman to serve during the ensuing year.

4.

Election of a Chair.

5.

Assumption of office by the new Chair.

6.

Call for nominations for Vice-Chairman to serve during the ensuing year.

7.

Election of a Vice-Chair.

8.

Appointment of a Clerk.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-321, MCA § 20-3-322(a), MCA § 1-5-416(1)(b), MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: March 10, 2014 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: Nov. 19, 2019

Organization and officers Meetings and quorum Powers and duties of Notary Public


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Committees Generally, trustees will function as a whole and will not form committees of the Board. Nevertheless the Board may create Board committees as deemed necessary or useful. All committees created by the Board shall comply with the open meeting laws and all other laws applicable to school board meetings. Committees of the Board may be created and their purposes defined by a majority of the Board. The Board Chairperson shall appoint trustees to serve on such committees. Trustees serving on committees shall be limited to fewer than a majority of the Board.

Legal Reference:

§ 2-3-203, MCA

Meetings of public agencies and certain associations of public agencies to be open to public – exceptions Bryan v. Yellowstone (2002), 2002 MT 264 Crofts v. Associated Press (2004), 2004 MT 120

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 21, 2004 Revised on: November 18, 2014 Revised on: June 16, 2015 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21


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School Board Advocacy The Board of Trustees believes it has a responsibility to the students, parents, and community to advocate for student achievement and quality education. In order to meet these responsibilities, the District will work vigorously for the passage of new laws designed to advance the cause of good schools and for the repeal or modification of existing laws that impede this cause. Trustees must keep themselves and community members informed of pending legislation and actively communicate board positions and concerns to elected representatives at both the state and national level. The Board must work with legislative representatives (both state and federal), the Montana School Boards Association, national advocacy groups aligned with Montana school districts’ interest in advocating for excellence in public education through school board leadership, and other concerned groups and organizations in developing an annual as well as long-range legislative program. Each Trustee is encouraged to participate in the MTSBA Delegate Assembly, the MTSBA Board Legislative Contact Program and the caucuses. The District also encourages the board and each trustee to be aware of the importance of building a relationship with the community and local legislators, to be used to increase student success. In doing so, the Trustees will: a. b. c. d. e.

Review MTSBA legislative correspondence; Respond to MTSBA legislative calls to action; Participate in Day of Advocacy during each legislative session; Attend other state and regional association meetings as approved by the Board; and Advise MTSBA of the Board’s views regarding MTSBA’s legislative positions and activities.

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At least once each month in accordance with Policy 1420, the Board meeting agenda will include an opportunity for the trustees to discuss educational issues pending on the state and federal levels.

3.

Work with the MTSBA, national advocacy groups aligned with Montana school districts’ interest in advocating for excellence in public education through school board leadership, and other concerned groups and organizations on matters of mutual interest.

Policy History: Adopted on: 10/19/21 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on:

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Qualifications, Terms and Duties of Board Officers The Board officers are the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. These officers are elected at the annual organizational meeting. Chairperson The Chairperson may be any trustee of the board, including an additional trustee as provided for in 20-3-352(2). If an additional trustee is chosen to serve as the Chairperson of an elementary district described in 20-3-351(1)(a), the additional trustee may not vote on issues pertaining only to the elementary district. The duties of the Chairperson include the following: ·

Preside at all meetings and conduct meetings in the manner prescribed by the Board’s policies; · Make all Board committee appointments; · Sign all papers and documents as required by law and as authorized by the action of the Board; · Close Board meetings as prescribed by Montana law; and · Act as spokesperson for the Board. The Chairperson is permitted to participate in all Board meetings in a manner equal to all other Board members, including the right to participate in debate and to vote. The Chairperson may not make a motion, but may second motions. Vice-Chairperson The Vice-Chairperson shall preside at all Board meetings in the absence of the Chair, and shall perform all of the duties of the Chair in case of the Chair’s absence or unavailability. The ViceChairperson shall work closely with the Chairperson and shall assume whatever duties the Chairperson may delegate. Cross Reference: Legal Reference:

Policy 1120 § 20-3-321(2), MCA § 2-3-203, MCA

§ 20-3-351(1)(a), MCA § 20-3-352(2), MCA Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: January 20, 2009, April 15, 2014

Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21

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Qualifications, Terms, and Duties of Board Officers The Board officers are the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. These officers are elected at the annual organizational meeting. Chairperson The Chairperson may be any trustee of the board, including an additional trustee as provided for in 20-3352(2). If an additional trustee is chosen to serve as the Chairperson of an elementary district described in 20-3-351(1)(a), the additional trustee may not vote on issues pertaining only to the elementary district. The duties of the Chairperson include the following: • • • • •

Preside at all meetings and conduct meetings in the manner prescribed by the Board’s policies; Make all Board committee appointments; Sign all papers and documents as required by law and as authorized by action of the Board; Close Board meetings as authorized by Montana law; and Act as spokesperson for the Board.

The Chairperson is permitted to participate in all Board meetings in a manner equal to all other Board members, including the right to participate in debate and to vote. The Chairperson may not make a motion but may second motions. Vice Chairperson The Vice Chairperson shall preside at all Board meetings in the absence of the Chairperson and shall perform all the duties of the Chairperson during the Chairperson’s absence or unavailability. The Vice Chairperson shall work closely with the Chairperson and shall assume whatever duties the Chairperson may delegate. Cross Reference:

1120

Annual Organizational Meeting

Legal References:

§ 2-3-203, MCA

Meetings of public agencies and certain associations of public agencies to be open to public – exceptions Organization and officers Number of trustee positions in high school districts Request and determination of number of high school district additional trustee positions – nonvoting trustee

§ 20-3-321(2), MCA § 20-3-351(1)(a), MCA § 20-3-352(2), MCA Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 11//17/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 1/20/09, 4/15/14, 11/16/21

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Clerk The Clerk of the Board shall attend all meetings of the Board unless excused by the Chairperson, and shall keep an accurate and permanent record of all proceedings. The Clerk shall have custody of the records, books, and documents of the Board. In the absence or inability of the Clerk to attend a Board meeting, the trustees will have one (1) of their members or a District employees act as clerk for the meeting, and said person will supply the Clerk with a certified copy of the proceedings. The Clerk will keep accurate and detailed accounts of all receipts and disbursements made by the District. The Clerk shall draw and countersign all warrants for expenditures that have been approved by the Board. The Clerk will make the preparations legally required for the notice and conduct of all District elections. The Clerk shall prepare and submit to the Board a financial report of receipts and disbursements of all school funds on an annual basis unless the Board requests such reports on a more frequent basis. The Clerk shall perform all functions pertaining to the preparation of school elections. The Clerk shall perform other duties as prescribed by state law or as directed by the Board and the Superintendent.

Legal references:

§ 20-3-321, MCA § 20-3-325, MCA § 20-4-201, MCA § 20-9-133, MCA

Organization and officers Clerk of the district Employment of teachers and specialist by contract Adoption and expenditure limitations of final budget § 20-9-165, MCA Budget amendment limitation, preparation, and adoption procedures § 20-9-221, MCA Procedure for issuance of warrants § 20-20-401(2), MCA Trustees’ election duties – ballot certification

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: February 21, 2006 Revised on: March 10, 2014 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21


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Duties of Individual Trustees The authority of individual trustees is limited to participating in actions taken by the Board as a whole when legally in session. Trustees shall not assume responsibilities of administrators or other staff members. The Board or staff shall not be bound by an action taken or statement made by an individual trustee, except when such statement or action is pursuant to specific instructions and official action taken by the Board. Each trustee shall review the agenda and attendant materials in advance of a meeting and shall be prepared to participate in discussion and decision making for each agenda item. Each trustee shall visit every school (except in 1st class districts) at least once per year to examine its management, conditions, and needs. All trustees are obligated to attend Board meetings regularly. Whenever possible, a trustee shall give advance notice to the Chairperson or Superintendent, of the trustee’s inability to attend a Board meeting. A majority of the Board may excuse a trustee’s absence from a meeting if requested to do so. Board members, as individuals, have no authority over school affairs, except as provided by law or as authorized by the Board. Cross Reference:

1113

Vacancies

Legal References:

§ 20-3-301, MCA § 20-3-308, MCA § 20-3-324(22), MCA § 20-3-332, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: March 10, 2014, 9/2/21 Revised on: March 10, 2014, 9/14/21

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District Policy and Procedures The policies contained in this manual are adopted, implemented, and enforced in accordance with the supervisory authority vested with the Board of Trustees in accordance with Article X, section 8 of the Montana Constitution and related statues, regulations and court decisions. Adoption and Amendment of Policies Proposed new policies and proposed changes to existing policies shall be presented in writing for reading and discussion at a regular or special Board meeting. Interested parties may submit views, present data or arguments, orally or in writing, in support of or in opposition to proposed policy. Any written statement by a person, relative to a proposed policy or amendment, should be directed to the District Clerk prior to the final reading. The final vote for adoption shall take place not earlier than at final reading of the particular policy. New or revised policies that are required, or have required language changes based on State or Federal law, or are required changes by administrative rule, may be adopted after the first (1st) reading if sufficient notice has been given through the board agenda. All new or amended policies shall become effective on adoption, unless a specific effective date is stated in the motion for adoption. Policies, as adopted or amended, shall be made a part of the minutes of the meeting at which action was taken and also shall be included in the District’s policy manual. Policies of the District shall be reviewed on a regular basis. Policy Manuals The Superintendent shall develop and maintain a current policy manual which includes all policies of the District. Every administrator, as well as staff, students, and other residents, shall have ready access to District policies. Suspension of Policies Under circumstances that require waiver of a policy, the policy may be suspended by a majority vote of the trustees present. To suspend a policy, however, all trustees must have received written notice of the meeting, which includes the proposal to suspend a policy and an explanation of the purpose of such proposed suspension. Administrative Procedures The Superintendent shall develop such administrative procedures as are necessary to ensure consistent implementation of policies adopted by the Board. When a written procedure is developed, the Superintendent shall submit it to the Board as an information item. Legal References:

§ 20-3-323, MCA 10.55.701, ARM

District policy and record of acts Board of Trustees

Policy History: Adopted on: May 21, 2001 Reviewed on: November 17, 2016, September 2, 2021 Revised on: November 20, 2007, April 15, 2014, October 16, 2018, May 18, 2021, 9/14/21


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Authorization of Signatures For the conduct of the business of the District, the Board may grant authority to specific staff to sign certain documents on behalf of the District. The Chair and Clerk are authorized to use a facsimile signature plate or stamp. Warrants: The Chair and Clerk are authorized to sign all District warrants by facsimile signature on behalf of the Board. Claim Forms: The Superintendent is authorized to certify voucher or invoice claims against or for the District. Checks: The school clerk is designated as the custodian of each school building extra-curricular fund account. The school clerk is designated as the custodian of all District petty cash accounts. Staff employed by the District in the following designated positions are authorized to sign on behalf of the Board checks drawn on any specific petty cash account: Superintendent, administrative secretary, school clerk, and assistant clerk. Contracts for Goods and Services and Leases: The Superintendent is authorized to sign on behalf of the Board, contracts, leases, and/or contracts for goods and services for amounts under fifteen thousand and 00/100 dollars ($15,000) without prior approval of the Board. The types of goods and services contracted for must be pre-approved by the Board. Classified Contracts: The Board Chair and Clerk are authorized to sign personnel contracts and agreements of employment on behalf of the Board by facsimile signature. Negotiated Agreements: Negotiated agreements shall be signed for the District by the Board Chair and the Clerk.

Policy History: Promulgated on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: October 16, 2007 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016 Reviewed on: August 20, 2018, 9/2/21


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Board Meetings Meetings of the Board must occur at a duly called and legally conducted meeting. “Meeting” is defined as the convening of a quorum of the constituent membership of the Board, whether in person or by means of electronic equipment, to hear, discuss, or act upon a matter over which the Board has supervision, control, jurisdiction, or advisory power. Regular Meetings Unless otherwise specified, all meetings will take place in the Conference Room at Cascade High School. Regular meetings shall take place at 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, or at other times and places determined by a majority vote. Except for an unforeseen emergency, meetings must be held in school buildings or, upon the unanimous vote of the trustees, in a publicly accessible building located within the District. If regular meetings are scheduled at places other than as stated above or are adjourned to times other than the regular meeting time, notice of the meeting shall be made in the same manner as provided for special meetings. The trustees may meet outside the boundaries of the District for collaboration or cooperation on educational issues with other school boards, educational agencies, or cooperatives. Adequate notice of the meeting, as well as an agenda, must be provided to the public in advance. Decision making may only occur at a properly noticed meeting held within the District’s boundaries. When a meeting date falls on a school holiday, the meeting may take place the next business day. Emergency Meetings In the event of an emergency involving possible personal injury or property damage, the Board may meet immediately and take official action without prior notification. Budget Meetings Between July 1 and August 10 of each year, the Clerk shall publish a notice stating the date, time, and place trustees will meet for the purpose of considering and adopting a final budget for the District, stating that the meeting of the trustees may be continued from day to day until final adoption of a District budget and that any taxpayer in the District may appear at the meeting and be heard for or against any part of the budget. This notice shall be published in the Cascade Courier. On the date and at the time and place stated in the published notice (on or before August 20), trustees shall meet to consider all budget information and any attachments required by law. The meeting may continue from day to day; however, the Board must adopt a final budget not later than August 25.

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1400 page 2 of 2 Special Meetings Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson or by any two (2) trustees. A written notice of a special meeting, stating the purpose of the meeting, shall be delivered to every trustee not less than forty-eight (48) hours before the time of the meeting, except that the forty-eight-(48)hour notice is waived in an unforeseen emergency as stated in § 20-3-322(5), MCA. Such written notice shall be posted conspicuously within the District in a manner that will receive public attention. Written notice also shall be sent not less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting, to each newspaper and radio or television station that has filed a written request for such notices. Business transacted at a special meeting will be limited to that stated in the notice of the meeting. Closed Sessions Under Montana law, the Board may meet in closed sessions to consider matters of individual privacy. Before closing a meeting, the presiding officer must determine that the demands of individual privacy exceed the merits of public disclosure and so state publicly before going into closed session. The Board also may go into closed session to discuss a strategy to be followed with respect to litigation, when an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the District. This exception does not apply if the litigation involves only public bodies or associations as parties. Before closing a meeting for litigation purposes, the District may wish to consult legal counsel on the appropriateness of this action. No formal action shall take place during any closed session. Legal References:

§ 2-3-103, MCA § 2-3-104, MCA § 2-3-105, MCA § 2-3-201, MCA § 2-3-202, MCA § 2-3-203, MCA § 20-3-322, MCA § 20-9-115, MCA § 20-9-131, MCA 10.55.701, ARM

Public participation – governor to ensure guidelines adopted Requirements for compliance with notice provisions Supplemental notice by radio or television Legislative intent – liberal construction Meeting defined Meetings of public agencies and certain associations of public agencies to be open to public – exceptions Meeting and quorum Notice of final budget meeting Final budget meeting Board of Trustees

Policy History: Adopted on:

May 15, 2001

Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on:

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Records Available to Public All District records, except those restricted by state and federal law, shall be available to citizens for inspection at the Clerk’s office. Any individual may request public information from the district. The district shall make the means of requesting public information accessible to all persons. Upon receiving a request for public information, the district shall respond in a timely manner to the requesting person by: (a) Making the public information available for inspection and copying by the requesting person; or (b) Providing the requesting person with an estimate of the time it will take to fulfill the request if the public information cannot be readily identified and gathered and any fees that maybe charged. The district may charge a fee for fulfilling a public information request. The fee may not exceed the actual costs directly incident to fulfilling the request in the most cost-efficient and timely manner possible. The fee must be documented. The fee may include the time required to gather public information. The district may require the requesting person to pay the estimated fee prior to identifying and gathering the requested public information. The district is not required to alter or customize public information to provide it in a form specified to meet the needs of the requesting person. If the district agrees to a request to customize a records request response, the cost of the customization may be included in the fees charged by the district. In accordance with § 20-9-213(1), MCA, the record of the accounting of school funds shall be open to public inspection at any meeting of the trustees. A fee may be charged for any copies requested. Copies will be available within a reasonable amount of time following a request. A written copy of Board minutes shall be available to the general public within five (5) working days following approval of the minutes by the Board. If requested, one (1) free copy of minutes shall be provided to local media within five (5) working days following approval by the Board. Legal References:

Policy History:

§ 2-6-1003, MCA § 2-6-1006, MCA § 20-3-323, MCA § 20-9-213, MCA

Access to Public Information Public Information requests - fees District policy and record of acts Duties of trustees


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School Board Use of Email and Mobile Messaging Use of email and mobile messaging by members of the Board will conform to the same standards of judgment, propriety, and ethics as other forms of school board-related communication. Board members will comply with the following guidelines when using e-mail and mobile messaging in the conduct of Board responsibilities: 1.

The Board will not use e-mail or mobile messaging as a substitute for deliberations at Board meetings or for other communications or business properly confined to Board meetings.

2.

Board members will be aware that mobile messages, e-mail and e-mail attachments received or prepared for use in Board business or containing information relating to Board business may be regarded as public records, which may be inspected by any person upon request, unless otherwise made confidential by law.

3.

Board members will avoid reference to confidential information about employees, students, or other matters in e-mail and mobile communications, because of the risk of improper disclosure. Board members will comply with the same standards as school employees, with regard to confidential information.

Cross Reference:

1400 Board Meetings 1401 Records Available to Public

Legal Reference:

§ 2-3-103, MCA § 2-3-201, MCA § 2-3-203, MCA § 20-3-322, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: December 21, 2004 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: Nov. 19, 2019

Public participation-governor to insure guidelines adopted Legislative intent – liberal construction Meetings of public agencies and certain associations of public agencies to be open to public – exceptions Meeting and quorum


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School Board Meeting Procedure Agenda The authority to set the board agenda lies with the Board Chair in consultation with board members and the administration. The act of preparing the board meeting agendas can be delegated to the Superintendent. Any topics requested by Board members or members of the public must first be approved by the Board Chair before being placed on the agenda. Citizens wishing to make brief comments about school programs or procedures will follow the public comment procedures in district policy. The agenda also must include a “public comment” portion to allow members of the general public to comment on any public matter under the jurisdiction of the District which is not specifically listed on the agenda, except that no member of the public will be allowed to comment on contested cases, other adjudicative proceedings, or personnel matters. The Board Chairperson may place reasonable time limits on any “public comment” period to maintain and ensure effective and efficient operations of the Board. The Board shall not take any action on any matter discussed, unless the matter is specifically noticed on the agenda, and the public has been allowed opportunity to comment. Copies of the agenda for the current Board meeting, minutes of the previous Board meeting, and relevant supplementary information will be prepared and distributed to each trustee at least fortyeight (48) hours in advance of a Board meeting and will be available to any interested citizen at the Superintendent’s office forty-eight (48) hours before a Board meeting. An agenda for other types of Board meetings will be prepared if circumstances require an agenda. Consent Agenda To expedite business at its meetings, the Board approves the use of a consent agenda, which includes those items considered to be routine in nature. Any item that appears on the consent agenda may be removed by a member of the Board. Any Board member who wishes to remove an item from the consent agenda must give advance notice in a timely manner to the Superintendent. Remaining items will be voted on by a single motion. The approved motion will be recorded in the minutes, including a listing of all items appearing on the consent agenda. Minutes Appropriate minutes of all meetings required to be open must be kept and must be available for inspection by the public. [(Optional) If an audio recording of a meeting is made and designated as official, the recording constitutes the office record of the meeting. If an official recording is made, a written record of the meeting must also be made and must also include: • •

Date, time, and place of the meeting; Presiding officer;

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Board members recorded as absent or present; Summary of discussion on all matters discussed (including those matters discussed during the “public comment” section), proposed, deliberated, or decided, and a record of any votes taken; Detailed statement of all expenditures; Purpose of recessing to closed session; and Time of adjournment.

If the minutes are recorded and designated as the official record, a log or time stamp for each main agenda item is required for the purpose of providing assistance to the public in accessing that portion of the meeting. Unofficial minutes shall be delivered to Board members in advance of the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. Minutes need not be read publicly, provided that Board members have had an opportunity to review them before adoption. A file of permanent minutes of Board meetings shall be maintained in the office of the Clerk, to be made available for inspection upon request. A written copy shall be made available within five (5) working days following approval by the Board. Quorum No business shall be transacted at any meeting of the Board unless a quorum of its members is present. A majority of the full membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum, whether the individuals are present physically or electronically. A majority of the quorum may pass a resolution, except as provided in § 20-4-203(1), MCA, and § 20-4-401(4), MCA. Electronic Participation The Board may allow members to participate in meetings by telephone or other electronic means. Board members may not simply vote electronically but must be connected with the meeting throughout the discussion of business. If a Board member electronically joins the meeting after an item of business has been opened, the remotely located member shall not participate until the next item of business is opened. If the Board allows a member to participate electronically, the member will be considered present and will have his or her actual physical presence excused. The member shall be counted present for purposes of convening a quorum. The Clerk will document it in the minutes, when members participate in the meeting electronically. Any Board member wishing to participate in a meeting electronically will notify the Chairperson and Superintendent as early as possible. The Superintendent will arrange for the meeting to take place in a location with the appropriate equipment so that Board members participating in the meeting electronically may interact, and the public may observe or hear the comments made. The Superintendent will take measures to verify the identity of any remotely located participants.

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1420 page 3 of 3 Meeting Conduct and Order of Business General rules of parliamentary procedure are used for every Board meeting. Robert’s Rules of Order may be used as a guide at any meeting. The order of business shall be reflected on the agenda. The use of proxy votes shall not be permitted. Voting rights are reserved to those trustees in attendance. Voting shall be by acclamation or show of hands. Rescind a Motion A motion to rescind (cancel previous action) may be made anytime by any trustee. A motion to rescind must be properly noticed on the Board’s agenda for the meeting. It is in order any time prior to accomplishment of the underlying action addressed by the motion. Cross Reference:

1441

Audience Participation

Legal References:

§ 2-3-103, MCA

Public participation - governor to ensure guidelines adopted § 2-3-202, MCA Meeting defined § 2-3-212, MCA Minutes of meetings – public inspection § 20-1-212, MCA Destruction of records by school officer § 20-3-322, MCA Meetings and quorum § 20-3-323, MCA District policy and record of acts Jones and Nash v. Missoula Co., 2006 MT2, 330 Mont 2005

Policy History: Adopted on: : May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: November 17, 2016, 9/2/21, 10/5/21 Revised on: January 18, 2005, August 15, 2006, January 20, 2009, January 18, 2011, September 7, 2011, November 19, 2019, 9/14/21, 10/19/21

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R 1420F

Notice Regarding Public Comment Montana law requires school districts and other public agencies to include on the agenda for public meetings an item allowing public comment on any public matter not otherwise specifically listed on the agenda that is within the jurisdiction of the agency. The public comment portion of the agenda is not the time designated to hear items that are specifically listed/identified on the agenda. For those individuals who desire to address the Board during the public comment portion of the meeting, if you haven’t already done so, please sign your name to the sheet and indicate the general topic on which you will be commenting. The Board Chairperson will call individuals to speak in the order listed on the sheet provided. Please state your name prior to beginning your comment. There will be an opportunity for citizens who have not signed in to comment at the conclusion of the comment period. The Board would like to remind everyone in attendance to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy when providing comment. The Board is not authorized to hear comments on contested cases or other adjudicative proceedings. By law, the District cannot take any action on any matter discussed during the public comment portion of the meeting as those matters are specifically noticed on the agenda. The Board may take a matter raised during the public comment period under consideration for inclusion on a future agenda. In accordance with Montana law, citizens have the right to comment on an item that is specifically listed on the agenda. Citizens will be permitted to do so when the item comes up for discussion and action. The board chair will indicate when the public has the opportunity to comment prior to board action on a particular agenda item. The Board Chair has the authority to manage all public comment periods and will do so in accordance with state law and district policy.

Policy History: Adopted on: December 21, 2004 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: Nov. 19, 2019


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Abstentions From Voting Section 20-3-323(2), MCA, requires the minutes of each Board meeting to include the voting records of each trustee present. As a general rule trustees should vote on all issues, unless casting a vote would be a violation of law. Under Montana law, instances in which it would be unlawful or inappropriate for a trustee to cast a vote on a particular issue include but are not necessarily limited to situations when the Board is considering hiring the relative of a trustee. In addition, a trustee shall be allowed to abstain from voting to avoid the appearance of impropriety or the appearance of a perceived conflict. If a trustee abstains from voting, the abstention should be recorded in the minutes and may include an explanation of the reasons for the abstention. The Board discourages abstentions, unless the reasons are substantiated as provided herein. Legal References:

§ 2-2-302, MCA § 20-3-323, MCA § 2-2-121, MCA § 2-2-105, MCA § 20-9-204, MCA § 20-1-201, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: March 20, 2007 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: July 16, 2019

Appointment of relative to office of trust or emolument unlawful – exceptions – publication of notice District policy and record of acts Rules of conduct for public officers and public employees Ethical requirements for public officers and public employees Conflicts of interests, letting contracts, and calling for bids School officers not to act as agents


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Audience Participation The Board recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. The Board also recognizes the statutory and constitutional rights of the public to participate in governmental operations. To allow fair and orderly expression of public comments, the Board will permit public participation through oral or written comments during the “public comment” section of the Board agenda and prior to a final decision on a matter of significant interest to the public. The Chairperson may control such comment to ensure an orderly progression of the meeting in the manner described in Policy 1420F. Cross Reference:

1420

School Board Meeting Procedure

Legal Reference:

Article II, Section 8, Montana Constitution – Right of participation Article II, Section 10, Montana Constitution – Right of privacy Chapter 2, Part 1, MCA Notice and Opportunity to Be Heard

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: November 17, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: 9/14/21

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Cascade School District THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Code of Ethics for School Board Members AS A MEMBER OF MY LOCAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES, I WILL STRIVE TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND TO THAT END I WILL: Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings; Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings; Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment, and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups; Encourage the free expression of opinion by all Board members, and seek systematic communications between the Board and students, staff, and all elements of the community; Work with other Board members to establish effective Board policies and to delegate authority for the administration to the Superintendent; Recognize and respect the responsibilities that properly are delegated to the Superintendent; Communicate to the Superintendent expression of public reaction to Board policies, school programs, or staff; Inform myself about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by the Montana and National School Boards Associations; Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff, and insist on regular and impartial evaluation of staff; Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest, and refrain from using my Board position for personal or partisan gain; Avoid compromising the Board or administration by inappropriate individual action or comments, and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law; Remember always that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending public schools. Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21


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Conflict of Interest A trustee may not: 1.

Engage in a substantial financial transaction for the trustee’s private business purpose, with a person whom the trustee inspects or supervises in the course of official duties.

2.

Perform an official act directly and substantially affecting, to its economic benefit, a business or other undertaking in which the trustee either has a substantial financial interest or is engaged as counsel, consultant, representative, or agent.

3.

Act as an agent or solicitor in the sale or supply of goods or services to a district.

4.

Have a pecuniary interest, directly or indirectly, in any contract made by the Board, when the trustee has more than a ten percent (10%) interest in the corporation. A contract does not include: 1) merchandise sold to the highest bidder at public auctions; 2) investments or deposits in financial institutions that are in the business of loaning or receiving money, when such investments or deposits are made on a rotating or ratable basis among financial institutions in the community or when there is only one (1) financial institution in the community; or 3) contracts for professional services other than salaried services or for maintenance or repair services or supplies when the services or supplies are not reasonably available from other sources, if the interest of any Board member and a determination of such lack of availability are entered in the minutes of the Board meeting at which the contract is considered.

5.

Be employed in any capacity by the District, with the exception of officiating at athletic competitions under the auspices of the Montana Officials Association.

6.

Perform an official act directly and substantially affecting a business or other undertaking to its economic detriment when the officer or employee has a substantial personal interest in a competing firm or undertaking.

7.

Appoint or renew to a position of trust or emolument any person related or connected by consanguinity within the fourth (4th) degree or by affinity within the second (2nd) degree. a. b.

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This prohibition does not apply to the issuance of an employment contract to a person as a substitute teacher who is not employed as a substitute teacher for more than thirty (30) consecutive school days. This prohibition does not apply to the renewal of an employment contract of a tenured teacher or classified employee employed without a written contract for a specific term related to a Board member, who was initially hired before the Board member assumed the trustee position.


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This prohibition does not apply if trustees comply with the following requirements: 1) All trustees, except the trustee related to the person to be employed or appointed, vote to employ the related person; 2) the trustee related to the person to be employed abstains from voting; and 3) the trustees give fifteen (15) days written notice of the time and place of their intended action in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the school is located.

Legal Reference:

Section 20-9-204, MCA – Conflicts of Interest Section 20-1-201, MCA – School Officials not to Act as Agents Section 2-2-302, MCA - Nepotism Section 2-2-103, MCA – Public Trust Section 2-2-104, MCA – Rules of Conduct Section 2-2-105, MCA – Ethical Requirements Section 2-2-121, MCA – Rules of Conduct

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:11/30/10, 11/17/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/20/09, 7/16/19, 11/19/19, 10/19/21

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Relationships Defined and Chart Definitions Affinity is the legal relationship arising as the result of marriage. Relationship by affinity terminates upon the death of one of the spouses or other dissolution of marriage, except when the marriage has resulted in issue still living. Consanguinity is a relationship by blood relation. Relationship by consanguinity is confirmed by being descended from the same ancestor. Kinship determined by consanguinity may not be terminated. Degrees of Consanguinity 4 Great Great Grandparent 3 Great Grandparent 2 Grandparent 1 Parent

5 Great Great Uncle/Aunt

4 6 Great Uncle/Aunt Child of Great Uncle/Aunt 3 5 7 Uncle/Aunt Child of GG Uncle/Aunt Grandchild of GG Uncle/Aunt

Trustee 2 Brother/Sister 1 Child

4 1st Cousin

3 Nephew/Niece 2 Grandchild

8 3rd Cousin

5 1st Cousin once removed

4 Grand Nephew/Niece

3 Great Grandchild

7 2nd Cousin once removed

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5 Great Grand Nephew/Niece

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Spouse

3 Uncle/Aunt-in-law Or Step Uncle/Aunt

2 Brother/Sister-in-law Or Step Sibling

1 Step Child or Son/Daughter-in-law

3 Nephew/Niece-in-law or Step Nephew/Niece 2 Step Grandchild or Grandchild-in-law 3 Step Great Grandchild or Great Grandchild-in-law

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:11/30/10, 11/17/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/20/09, 7/16/19, 11/19/19, 10/19/21

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Cascade School District R 1513

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Management Rights

The Board retains the right to operate and manage its affairs in such areas as but not limited to: 1.

Direct employees;

2.

Employ, dismiss, promote, transfer, assign, and retain employees;

3.

Relieve employees from duties because of lack of work or funds under conditions where continuation of such work would be inefficient and non-productive;

4.

Maintain the efficiency of District operations;

5.

Determine the methods, means, job classifications, and personnel by which District operations are to be conducted;

6.

Take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the missions of the District in situations of emergency;

7.

Establish the methods and processes by which work is performed.

The Board reserves all other rights, statutory and inherent as provided by state law. The Board also reserves the right to delegate authority to the Superintendent for the on-going direction of all District programs.

Cross Reference:

6110

Superintendent-Board Relations

Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-324, MCA § 39-31-303, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21

Powers and duties Management rights of public employers


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Board/Staff Communications Every reasonable means of communication is encouraged throughout the education community. Nevertheless, an organization must maintain some order and structure to promote efficient and effective communications. Staff Communications to the Board All official communications or reports to the Board from principals, supervisors, teachers, or other staff members shall be submitted through the Superintendent. This shall not deny any staff member's right to appeal to the Board from administrative decisions, provided that the Superintendent shall have been notified of the forthcoming appeal and that it is processed according to the applicable procedures for complaints and grievances. Board Communications to Staff All official communications, policies and directives of staff interest and concern will be communicated to staff members through the Superintendent. The Superintendent will employ all such media as are appropriate to keep staff fully informed of the Board's concerns and actions. Visits to Schools In accordance with Montana statutes, each trustee shall visit each school of the District not less than once each school fiscal year to examine its condition and needs. Individual Board members interested in visiting schools should, out of courtesy, make arrangements for visitations through the principals of the various schools. Such visits shall be regarded as informal expressions of interest in school affairs and not as "inspections" or visits for supervisory or administrative purposes. Social Interaction Staff and Board members share a keen interest in the schools and education. When they meet at social affairs and other functions, informal discussion on such matters as educational trends, issues, and innovations and general District problems can be anticipated. Discussions of personalities or staff grievances are not appropriate. Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-324(21), MCA Powers and duties

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District R 1521

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Board-Superintendent Relationship

The Board-Superintendent relationship is based on mutual respect for their complementary roles. The relationship requires clear communication of expectations regarding the duties and responsibilities of both the Board and Superintendent. The Board hires, evaluates, and seeks the recommendations of the Superintendent as the District chief executive officer. The Board adopts policies necessary to provide the general direction for the District and to encourage achievement of District goals. The Superintendent develops plans, programs, and procedures needed to implement the policies and directs the District’s day-to-day operations.

Cross Reference:

6110

Superintendent

Legal Reference:

§ 20-4-401, MCA § 20-4-402, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 21, 2016, 9/2/21

Appointment and dismissal of district superintendent or county high school principal Duties of district superintendent or county high school principal


Cascade School District THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Trustee Expenses Expenses for Board Members - In-District The members of the trustees of any district may not receive compensation for their services as trustees. The members of the trustees who reside over 3 miles from the trustees’ meeting place must be reimbursed at the rate as provided in 2-18-503 for every mile necessarily traveled between their residence and the meeting place and return in attending the regular and special meetings of the trustees, and all trustees must be similarly reimbursed for meetings called by the county superintendent. The travel reimbursement may be accumulated during the school fiscal year and paid at the end of the fiscal year, at the discretion of each trustee. A trustee is entitled to collect mileage at a rate equal to the mileage allotment allowed by the United States internal revenue service for the current year for the first 1,000 miles and 3 cents less per mile for all additional miles traveled within a given calendar month. A trustee must file a reimbursement for mileage form, prior to July 1 of each year, requesting reimbursement for the fiscal year. The form may be obtained from the District Clerk/Business Manager.

Expenses for Board Members at Out-of-District Meetings Trustees normally attend workshops, training institutes, and conferences at both the state and national level. It is appropriate that trustee expenditures at these out-of-District meetings be paid by the District. It is the intent of the District to pay all legitimate costs for trustees to attend outof-District meetings, at the established rates for reimbursement set by the District: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Transportation as approved by the Board. On-site transportation during the course of the meeting, i.e., bus, taxi, or rental car. Hotel or motel costs for trustee, as necessary. Food costs as necessary. Telephone services shall be provided for necessary communications with business or family, resulting from the trustee being away from Cascade. Incidental expenditures for tips and other necessary costs attributable to the trustee’s attendance at the meeting. The Districts will not reimburse or pay for such items as liquor, expenses of a spouse, separate entertainment, or other unnecessary expenditures.

Cross Reference:

7336

Travel Allowances and Expenses Mileage reimbursement form

Legal Reference:

§2-18-503, MCA §20-3-311, MCA

Mileage - allowance Trustee reimbursement and compensation of secretary for joint board.


Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 21, 2016 Reviewed on: July 25, 2017, 9/2/21


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Trustee Insurance The District shall maintain sufficient insurance to protect the Board and its individual members against liability arising from actions of the Board or its individual members while each is acting on behalf of the District and within the trustee’s authority. An additional trustee, as provided for in 20-3-352(2), who is chosen as a nonvoting chairperson of the board of an elementary district is entitled to all of the immunization, defenses, and indemnifications as described in 20-3-322, MCA. Legal Reference

§ 20-3-331, MCA Purchase of liability insurance § 20-3-332, MCA Personal immunity and liability of trustees § 20-3-352(2), MCA Request and determination of number of high school district additional trustee positions – nonvoting trustee

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: October 18, 2011 Reviewed on: Nov 21, 2016, 9/2/21


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Annual Goals and Objectives Each year, during the month of January, the Board will formulate or review the goals of the District that reflect the district’s strategic plan of education. At the conclusion of each school year, the [Superintendent] [Principal] shall report to the Board information which reflects the accomplishments towards the goals of the District. The Chairperson may appoint a committee of the Board, to include the Superintendent to annually review the goals and report to the Board. Cross Reference:

MTSBA Strategic Governance Policy Series – 1000SG

Legal Reference:

10.55.701(2)(a), ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: 9/14/21 Reviewed on: Revised on:

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Evaluation of Board At the conclusion of each year, the Board may evaluate its own performance in terms of generally accepted principles of successful Board operations. The Board may choose to evaluate the effectiveness of the processes it employs in carrying out the responsibilities of the District. Those processes include but are not limited to: team building, decision making, functions planning, communications, motivation, influence, and policy.

Policy History: Adopted on: 10/19/21 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on:

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In-Service Conference for Trustees In keeping with the need for continued boardsmanship development, the Board encourages the participation of its members at appropriate Board conferences, workshops, conventions and District-sponsored in-service training sessions. Funds for participation at such meetings will be budgeted on an annual basis.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 21, 2016, 9/2/21


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Therefore the Board of Trustees directs trustees and the administration to maximize the value of our membership dues through use of the dues-based services available through MTSBA on routine legal matters, policy issues, collective bargaining matters, human resource, training and advocacy matters. Prior approval from the Board is required prior to expending District funds on services that are otherwise available through MTSBA without a charge beyond dues.

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Utilization of Montana School Boards Association The Board is a dues-paying member of the Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA). Since the Association provides a variety of dues-based benefits and services in response to members’ needs and develops and implements a legislative program at the direction of its members, Board members are encouraged to participate in the governance and dues-based services of the Association. Given the complex nature of both state and federal laws applicable to school districts and the vast resources available through MTSBA to assist our school district as a member, it is essential to the governance and operations of our District that the Board of Trustees and administration take advantage of the dues-based services available through MTSBA on legal, policy, human resource, collective bargaining, training, advocacy and other issues that impact and affect our District.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-211, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: 10/19/21 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on:

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Internships Internship means an agreement between a fully licensed Class 1, 2, or 3 educator, the school district, and a Montana accredited educator preparation program. Internships are permitted in endorsement areas approved by the Board of Public Education. The Board recognizes the need to provide training opportunities for prospective teachers and administrators. Internships for those in the process of acquiring teaching endorsements and/or administrative credentials shall be considered and approved on an individual basis. The Superintendent or designee involved will review the internship proposal with the candidate and the university representative, much in the same manner as student teachers are assigned. As part of an internship agreement, the parties must agree to the following: (a) the intern will complete the requirements for the appropriate endorsement within three years; (b) the school district will provide local supervision and support of the intern; and (c) the accredited educator preparation program will approve the coursework and provide support and periodic supervision. A superintendent intern shall be supervised throughout the year by a licensed and endorsed superintendent contracted by the district, including participation in, and review of, and written concurrence in all performance evaluations of licensed staff completed by the intern. An emergency authorization of employment granted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction pursuant to §20-4-111, MCA is not a license; therefore is not eligible for an internship. Legal Reference:

§ 20-4-111, MCA ARM 10.55.602 ARM 10.55.607 ARM 10.55.702 ARM 10.57.412 ARM 10.57.413

Policy History: Adopted on: August 11, 2009 Reviewed on: Revised on: March 18, 2014 Reviewed on: Nov 21, 2016, 9/2/21

Emergency authorization of employment Definitions Internships Licensure and duties of District Administrator – District Superintendent Class 1 and 2 Endorsements Class 3 Administrative License


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Board Participation in Activities Members of the Board, collectively and individually, are encouraged to attend school activities, social functions and instructional programs at no cost to the trustees in order to view and observe such functions in operation. Attendance at such programs as musical presentations, speech activities, clubs, dramatic productions and athletic events, indicates interest in school affairs and provides opportunity for more comprehensive understanding of the total school program. Administration will provide appropriate communications to trustees to keep them informed about activities they may wish to attend.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Nov 21, 2016, 9/2/21


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WHY ADOPT AND UTILIZE A SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION? The overall purposes of a board self-evaluation is to: Help increase the effectiveness of governing boards, and Raise parent, public and media awareness about the critical role of governing boards.

Why should boards adopt and utilize a school board self-evaluation? Because local governance teams are critical to positive, sustained public school reform, and because the school board self-evaluation will: Help keep governance teams focused on learning and achievement for all students. Promote dialogue about governance, which leads to a greater understanding among members of the governance team about roles and expectations. Help establish a common vocabulary about governance and serve as a framework for building or maintaining a district culture focused on effective governance. Publicly affirm the board's commitment to effective governance. Demonstrate the willingness of board members to be accountable to each other and to the public. Provide a tool for governance teams to evaluate their effectiveness. Help governance teams identify areas where continuing education would be useful. Help formalize a positive governance culture for when new board members or superintendents join the governance team. Promote a greater awareness and understanding among parents, the media and the public about what boards do and how they can operate most effectively. Help build trust and foster greater participation by parents and the public in the schools. Provide parents, the media and the public with a meaningful basis for assessing the effectiveness of their local governance teams. Help promote the value of local governance in our democracy. Provide a way for effective governance teams to receive recognition. Help educate future candidates and voters about the critical jobs of boards.

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Individually complete The School Board Self-Evaluation Survey Section 1-The Board. Step 3

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STEP ONE AGREE ON NORMS FOR THE SELF•EVALUATION PROCESS To ensure the self-evaluation process is productive, it is important to agree on the guidelines or norms that will frame the conversation - for instance setting a respectful, collaborative tone. The standards, as levels of excellence we strive to achieve, are tools to help us become increasingly effective. Understanding this will reinforce the concept of taking personal and collective responsibility for continuous improvement. Taking time to discuss how we should act toward each other as we review our collective effectiveness is an important first step in a healthy process.

DEVELOPING NORMS Excerpted from: Manager's Guide: Creating Group Expectations and Norms, Johns Hopkins Health System, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Group expectations, also called group norms, are created to set the standards of appropriate team behavior. The norms help a group work together not only to address difficult issues in an objective and consistent way, but also to confirm what each member will do in the normal course of business to help the team succeed. The team gains in two ways. One way is that the exercise serves to confirm desired behaviors. The second way is that clear group norms provide guidance for orienting future new members to the team.

CREATING BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS Key Point: "We all didn't share the same dinner table." Team members each grow up with different experiences, have different interpretations of common words, have different work ethics and have different personal needs. Creating behavioral expectations can bridge the gap of various interpretations of what defines desired behavior. The result is a common language of what group members expect from each other. Behavioral expectations, fully articulated, will spell out how team members will communicate and behave in order to effectively work together. It is important that positive behavioral expectations are identified before entering into discussions that can have significant personal and/or emotional impact on team members, such as the evaluation of the workings of the team. To reach agreement on positive norms for the evaluation process, create a discussion with team members by asking these open-ended questions: What agreements would help us interact effectively with each other throughout our selfevaluation process? What agreements will help us maintain honest and open dialogue throughout the selfevaluation process? What agreements will help us keep our focus on process and away from personalities as we complete our self-evaluation?

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SAMPLE NORMS TO CONSIDER The following list represents norms that various school boards and COEs have developed. Your team should identify six to eight norms (creating your own, or using norms from the list below) that will help each member of your team feel comfortable and able to honestly state his or her own perspective, issues and concerns throughout your board self-evaluation process. WE AGREE TO • • • respect each other's opinions listen "actively" to each member's ideas acknowledge each member's point of view be open to new ideas exhibit positive body language not interrupt, nor monopolize encourage everyone to verbalize disagree agreeably recognize the positive be willing to compromise focus on process, not personalities act by building on the thought of a fellow governance team member

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WORKSHEET NORMS FOR OUR BOARD SELF·EVALUATION PROCESS Listed below are the norms we agree to follow so that each member of our team feels comfortable and is able to honestly state his or her own perspective, issues and concerns throughout our board self-evaluation process. 1.

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STEP TWO COMPLETE THE SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION SURVEY SECTION 1: THE BOARD School districts are governed by boards, not by individual trustees. While understanding their separate roles, the board and superintendent work together as a "governance team." This team assumes collective responsibility for building unity and creating a positive organizational culture in order to govern effectively. To OPERATE EFFECTIVELY, THE BOARD MUST HAVE A UNITY OF PURPOSE AND: I. Keep the district focused on learning and achievement for all students. Recognize that children come to school with diverse educational needs. Base decisions on the district's vision, student needs, research, empirical data and a balance of community expectations, legal constraints and resources. Ensure that the district has established academic standards and regularly measures growth in achievement for all students. Ensure that the district provides opportunities for all students to succeed. 2. Communicate a common vision. Develop and adopt a written statement of the district vision and other direction-setting documents using collaborative processes that involve the staff and community. Ensure that procedures are in place to periodically review the district vision and other directionsetting documents. Demonstrate commitment to the vision and goals by regularly communicating them to staff and the community. Exhibit behaviors and make decisions that support achievement of the district vision. Keep current on trends and emerging needs in education in order to proactively participate in renewing or reviewing the district's direction and policies. Support board decisions. Speak with a common voice.

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THE BOARD (CONTINUED) 3. Operate openly, with trust and integrity. Conduct district business in a fair, respectful and responsible manner. Consider the concerns and interests of the staff and community. Encourage thorough debate, seek to engage in dialogue for clarification and withhold judgment until all perspectives are heard. Ensure that all members of the board have the same information -no secrets or surprises among members of the governance team. Clearly communicate decisions to all those who are affected by them. Keep confidential information confidential. 4. Govern in a dignified and professional manner, treating everyone with civility and respect. Treat the superintendent, staff, students, parents and community with dignity and respect. Listen openly and respectfully to each other, to staff, students, parents and members of the community. Welcome open discussion of different points of view. Demonstrate ability to disagree on issues and still maintain trust, respect and dignity. Work together to build consensus for decisions. 5. Govern within board-adopted policies and procedures. Have a policy development, approval and update process in place that is understood and followed. Understand the distinctions between the role of the board and that of the superintendent and staff and do not become involved in the day-to-day operations of the district. Have agreed-upon norms and protocols to carry out board responsibilities. 6. Take collective responsibility for the board's performance. Assume collective responsibility for board conduct, behavior and conflict management. Function as a governance team with the superintendent. Demonstrate a commitment to continually improving governance efforts. Take responsibility for the orientation of all new members.

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THE BOARD (CONTINUED) 7. Periodically evaluate its own effectiveness. Have procedures in place for regular, on-going self-evaluation. Ensure meeting agendas provide for a sound order of business and facilitate maximum focus on matters related to student achievement. Have norms and protocols in place to ensure that individual board members do not get involved in the day-to-day management of the district. 8. Ensure opportunities for the diverse range of views in the community to inform board deliberations. Ensure board policy enables parents, staff and the public to participate in district discussions, school programs and activities in meaningful ways. Consider the concerns and interests of all segments of the community in deliberations.

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SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION SURVEY SECTION 1 - THE BOARD School districts are governed by boards, not by individual trustees. While understanding their separate roles, the board and superintendent work together as a "governance team." This team assumes collective responsibility for building unity and creating a positive organizational culture in order to govern effectively. To operate effectively, the board must have a unity of purpose and meet these standards:

WE DO THIS: Strongly Agree

1. Keep the district focused on learning and achievement for all students. 2. Communicate a common vision. 3. Operate openly, with trust and integrity. 4. Govern in a dignified and professional manner, treating everyone with civility and respect. 5. Govern within board-adopted policies and procedures. 6. Take collective responsibility for the board’s performance. 7. Periodically evaluate its own effectiveness. 8. Ensure opportunities for the diverse range of views in the community to inform board deliberations.

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Disagree

Strongly Disagree

Unsure


STEP THREE COMPLETE THE SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION SURVEY SECTION 2: THE BOARD's JOBS The primary responsibilities of the board are to set a direction for the district, provide a structure by establishing policies, provide support, ensure accountability and provide community leadership on be- half of the district and public education. To fulfill these responsibilities, there are a number of specific jobs that effective boards must carry out. These standards highlight some of the most important ones. EFFECTIVE BOARDS: I. Involve the community, parents, students and staff in developing a common vision for the district focused on student learning and achievement and responsive to the needs of all students. Develop and adopt the district vision and other direction-setting documents using collaborative processes that involve the staff and community. Ensure that inclusive processes are in place to periodically review the district vision and other direction-setting documents. See that the district vision and goals are clearly communicated to students, parents, staff and the community. Base all decisions on the district's vision, student needs, research, empirical data and a balance of community expectations, legal constraints and resources. Engage in annual planning and regularly review progress toward achievement of the vision and goals. 2. Adopt, evaluate and update policies consistent with the law and the district's vision and goals. Have a working knowledge of district policies. Establish a clear, understandable process for adopting, updating and communicating district policies. Ensure policies reflect the needs, wishes and desires of the community. Recognize it is the board's role to adopt policies and the superintendent's role to implement them and report back to the board as necessary. Follow a regular schedule for reviewing and updating policies as necessary due to new mandates by law, contract negotiations, emerging community issues or other circumstances.

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THE BOARD’S JOBS (CONTINUED) 3. Maintain accountability for student learning by adopting the district curriculum and monitoring student progress. Engage the staff and community in order to set the direction for district curriculum. Articulate the district's goals for student achievement. Recognize the connection between the implementation of an effective curriculum and the acquisition and allocation of resources. Provide time to staff for program development, implementation and professional growth. Ensure that the district maintains reliable internal assessment data to use in making decisions. Utilize reliable assessment data to adopt and update policies for curriculum, instruction and assessment in alignment with state requirements and local needs. Establish regular reviews of student performance data and empower the superintendent and staff to monitor performance and develop new strategies. Regularly report to the community on student performance. 4. Hire and support the superintendent so that the vision, goals and policies of the district can be implemented. Establish selection criteria for a new superintendent based on the district vision and goals. Value a long-term relationship between the board and superintendent and conduct all contractual negotiations in a professional manner. Understand that the superintendent is the board's administrative link to the district. 5. Conduct regular and timely evaluations of the superintendent based on the vision, goals and performance of the district, and ensure that the superintendent holds district personnel accountable. Ensure that the district evaluation system holds all staff responsible for improving student achievement. Collaborate in setting goals and priorities as the basis for the superintendent's annual evaluation. Ensure that the evaluation process supports the professional growth of the superintendent and the continuous improvement of the district. Ensure that the evaluation process provides opportunities to take timely corrective action to avoid major disagreements between the board and superintendent. Utilize a clearly defined, ongoing and interactive evaluation process that results in written documentation and is consistent with legal and contractual requirements.

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THE BOARD’S JOBS (CONTINUED) Have policies and procedures in place for personnel accountability that are consistent with legal requirements and provide for due process. Perform a judicial role in personnel issues, not an investigative role. Have policies and procedures in place for recognizing outstanding performance by employees. 6. Adopt a fiscally responsible budget based on the district's vision and goals, and regularly monitor the fiscal health of the district. Adopt guidelines, policies and procedures for developing the budget that ensure sound financial processes. Recognize that the superintendent and staff develop the budget, the board adopts the budget, and the superintendent and staff implement the budget. Understand that budget assumptions may change throughout the year. Weigh the financial impact of possible changes to the vision and goals against existing programs. Ensure that state, federal and other fiscal issues that impact the budget are monitored and addressed. Monitor the external auditing process and ensure that audit recommendations are addressed. Require that the budget be presented in an understandable and useful format. See that the budget is utilized as a policy document to enhance student achievement and implement the priorities of the district. Establish a process to regularly inform the community about the financial health of the district. 7. Ensure that a safe and appropriate educational environment is provided to all students. Adopt, update and monitor policies pertaining to safety and cleanliness of facilities. Support a long-range facility management and funding plan that reflects the vision and goals of the district. Advocate at the local, state and federal levels for appropriate funding for school facilities. Seek and consider alternative funding sources for facilities (such as bond elections, publicprivate partnerships or other types of financial instruments and agreements). 8. Establish a framework for the district's collective bargaining process and adopt responsible agreements. Set parameters for collective bargaining that are linked to the vision and priorities of the district. Recognize that collective bargaining is an ongoing process, not an isolated activity.

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THE BOARD’S JOBS (CONTINUED) Support the position of the district throughout the negotiation process. Adhere to legal, ethical, confidential and contractual requirements of collective bargaining. Consider the immediate and long-term fiscal, program and personnel impacts of negotiations before adopting the collective bargaining agreement. 9. Provide community leadership on educational issues and advocate on behalf of students and public education at the local, state and federal levels. Ensure that effective methods are used to gather information and encourage involvement from the entire community. Adopt a communications plan, which includes a system to report student achievement. Have a working knowledge of the district's programs and build support for them among the public, community organizations and local agencies. Communicate with local, state and federal policymakers about matters pertaining to student achievement, district programs and public education.

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SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION SURVEY SECTION 2: THE BOARD'S JOBS The primary responsibilities of the board are to set a direction for the district, provide a structure by establishing policies, provide support, ensure accountability and provide community leadership on be-half of the district and public education. To fulfill these responsibilities, there are a number of specific jobs that effective boards must carry out. These standards highlight some of the most important ones.

Effective boards meet these standards: WE DO THIS: Strongly Agree

1. Involve the community, parents, students and staff in developing a common vision for the district focused on student learning and achievement and responsive to the needs of all students. 2. Adopt, evaluate and update policies consistent with the law and the district's vision and goals. 3. Maintain accountability for student learning by adopting the district curriculum and monitoring student progress. 4. Hire and support the superintendent so that the vision, goals and policies of the district can be implemented 5. Conduct regular and timely evaluations of the superintendent based on the vision, goals and performance of the district, and ensure that the superintendent holds district personnel accountable 6. Ensure that a safe and appropriate educational environment is provided to all students 7. Adopt a fiscally responsible budget based on the district's vision and goals, and regularly monitor the fiscal health of the district. 8. Establish a framework for the district's collective bargaining process and adopt responsible agreements. 9. Provide community leadership on educational issues and advocate on behalf of students and public education at the local, state and federal levels. Total

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STEP FOUR DETERMINING THE BOARD'S GOVERNANCE GOALS The purpose of the discussion is to identify why the board is not meeting the standard and/or why there is such a wide range of opinions about whether a standard is being met, and to develop ways to improve. Answering the following questions can help direct the conversation. Can we come to agreement on what this standard means to us? What would it look like if we were meeting this standard? What would we be doing? How would others know we are meeting the standard? Do we need to create any norms or protocols to help us attain the standard? How and when will we measure improvement or successful attainment of the standard? As a result of the discussion, the board should come to agreement on two to three Standards or Success Indicators from Sections 1and/or 2 of the Board Self-Evaluation Survey that will become the board's Governance Goals during the next year.

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THE BOARD'S GOVERNANCE GOALS Based on the board's discussion of team member responses to The Board and The Board's Jobs sections of the self-evaluation survey, choose two to three standards the board agrees to focus on for governance growth over the next year.

Goal I: To us this means ...

What we will do...

How and when we will measure improvement or success ...

Goal 2: To us this means ...

What we will do...

How and when we will measure improvement or success...

Goal 3: To us this means ...

What we will do...

How and when we will measure improvement or success ...

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STEP FIVE SECTION 3: THE INDIVIDUAL TRUSTEE In Montana’s education system, a trustee is a person elected or appointed to serve on a school board. Individual trustees bring unique skills, values and beliefs to their board. In order to govern effectively, individual trustees must work with each other and the superintendent to ensure that a high-quality education is provided to each student. To BE EFFECTIVE, AN INDIVIDUAL TRUSTEE: I. Keeps learning and achievement for all students as the primary focus. Recognizes that children come to school with diverse educational needs. Seeks to build consensus for decisions based on the district's vision, student needs, research, empirical data and a balance of community expectations, legal constraints and resources. 2. Values, supports and advocates for public education. Actively supports the district's educational programs. Helps create a supportive climate of excellence for the staff. Seeks to build community support for the district's programs. Actively supports public education. 3. Recognizes and respects differences of perspective and style on the board and among staff, students, parents and the community. Honors each individual's right to express an opinion. Is able to disagree on issues and still maintain respect and trust. Listens respectfully to other members of the team, and to staff, students, parents and the community. Seeks to engage in dialogue for clarification and withholds judgment until all perspectives are considered. 4. Acts with dignity, and understands the implications of demeanor and behavior. Performs responsibilities in a manner that reflects service to the community on behalf of students. Listens to other members of the team and strives to maintain trust. Demonstrates a commitment to continually improving teamwork and problem-solving skills. Shares important information with other members of the team. 5. Keeps confidential matters confidential. Does not discuss or distribute information about confidential matters outside of closed session.

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THE INDIVIDUAL TRUSTEE (CONTINUED) Understands the legal requirements for confidentiality. 6. Participates in professional development and commits the time and energy necessary to be an informed and effective leader. Regularly attends meetings, having read the agenda and background materials in advance, and comes prepared to discuss agenda items. Visits schools and attends school functions in accordance with board protocol. Has a working knowledge of the district's programs, goals and policies. Is familiar with general education trends and issues as well as the overall state and federal educational system. Participates in continuing education and professional development activities and shares knowledge gained with board members, staff, parents and the community as appropriate. 7. Understands the distinctions between board and staff roles, and refrains from performing management functions that are the responsibility of the superintendent and staff. Clearly understand the roles and responsibilities of board members, the superintendent and the governance team. Uses performance of governance responsibilities to impact district efforts. Understands that the superintendent is the board's primary link with the district staff. Does not become involved with day-to-day management or operations of the district. 8. Understands that authority rests with the board as a whole and not with individuals. Strives to build consensus for decisions. Recognizes that the board, not individuals, takes action and gives direction, and only at properly called board meetings. Promotes district priorities, not a personal agenda. Supports decisions of the board.

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SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION SURVEY SECTION 3: THE INDIVIDUAL TRUSTEE In Montana’s education system, a trustee is a person elected or appointed to serve on the school district board. Individual trustees bring unique skills, values and beliefs to their board. In order to govern effectively, individual trustees must work with each other and the superintendent to ensure that a high-quality education is provided to each student.

To be effective, an individual trustee meets these standards: WE DO THIS: Strongly Agree

1. Keeps learning and achievement for all

students as the primary focus. 2. Values, supports and advocates for public

education. 3. Recognizes and respects differences of

perspective and style on the board and among staff, students, parents and the community. 4. Acts with dignity, and understands the

implications of demeanor and behavior. 5. Keeps confidential matters confidential. 6. Participates in professional development and

commits the time and energy necessary to be an informed and effective leader 7. Understands the distinctions between board

and staff roles, and refrains from performing management functions that are the responsibility of the superintendent and staff. 8. Understands that authority rests with the board as a whole and not with individuals. Total

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STEP SIX DETERMINING MY PERSONAL GOVERNANCE GOALS As we strive to govern effectively, we have the greatest control over our own actions, behaviors and attitudes. This section of the self-evaluation is an opportunity for board members to set personal goals that will enhance the governance team's collective efforts.

MY PERSONAL GOVERNANCE GOALS Based on the discussion and Governance Goals agreed to by the board, and your responses to the Individual Trustee section of the Board Self-Evaluation Survey, choose two to three Standards or Success Indicators you want to focus on for personal growth over the next year.

Goal I: To us this means ...

What we will do...

How and when we will measure improvement or success ...

Goal 2: To us this means ...

What we will do...

How and when we will measure improvement or success...

Goal 3: To us this means ...

What we will do...

How and when we will measure improvement or success ...

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Uniform Complaint Procedure The Board establishes this Uniform Complaint Procedure as a means to address complaints arising within the District. This Uniform Complaint Procedure is intended to be used for all complaints except those governed by a specific process in state or federal law that supersedes this process or collective bargaining agreement. Matters covered by a collective bargaining agreement will be reviewed in accordance with the terms of the applicable agreement. The District requests all individuals to use this complaint procedure, when the individual believes the Board or its employees or agents have violated the individual’s rights under state or federal law or Board policy. Complaints against a building administrator shall be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent or District administrator shall be filed with the Board. The District will endeavor to respond to and resolve complaints without resorting to this formal complaint procedure and, when a complaint is filed, to address the complaint promptly and equitably. The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of a complaint filed hereunder will not be impaired by a person’s pursuit of other remedies. Use of this complaint procedure is not a prerequisite to pursue other remedies and use of this complaint procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to pursuit of other remedies. Deadlines requiring District action in this procedure may be extended for reasons related but not limited to the District’s retention of legal counsel and District investigatory procedures. Level 1: Informal An individual with a complaint is first encouraged to discuss it with the appropriate employee or building administrator with the objective of resolving the matter promptly and informally. An exception is that a complaint of sexual harassment should be discussed directly with an administrator not involved in the alleged harassment. Level 2: Building Administrator When a complaint has not been or cannot be resolved at Level 1, an individual may file a signed and dated written complaint stating: (1) the nature of the complaint; (2) a description of the event or incident giving rise to the complaint, including any school personnel involved; and (3) the remedy or resolution requested. The written complaint must be filed within thirty (30) calendar days of the event or incident or from the date an individual could reasonably become aware of such event or incident. The applicability of the deadline is subject to review by the Superintendent to ensure the intent of this uniform complaint procedure is honored. When a complaint alleges violation of Board policy or procedure, the building administrator will


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1700 page 2 of 3 investigate and attempt to resolve the complaint. The administrator will respond in writing to the complaint, within thirty (30) calendar days of the administrator’s receipt of the complaint. If the complainant has reason to believe the administrator’s decision was made in error, the complainant may request, in writing, that the Superintendent review the administrator’s decision. (See Level 3.) This request must be submitted to the Superintendent within fifteen (15) calendar days of the administrator’s decision. When a complaint alleges sexual harassment or a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (the Civil Rights Act), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Administrator shall turn the complaint over to the applicable District nondiscrimination coordinator. The coordinator shall ensure an investigation is completed in accordance with the applicable procedure. In the case of a sexual harassment or Title IX complaint the applicable investigation and appeal procedure is Policy 3225P or 5012P. In the case of a disability complaint, the coordinator shall complete an investigation and file a report and recommendation with the Administrator for decision. Appeal of a decision in a disability complaint will be handled in accordance with this policy. Level 3: Superintendent If the complainant appeals the administrator’s decision provided for in Level 2, the Superintendent will review the complaint and the administrator’s decision. The Superintendent will respond in writing to the appeal, within thirty (30) calendar days of the Superintendent’s receipt of the written appeal. In responding to the appeal, the Superintendent may: (1) meet with the parties involved in the complaint; (2) conduct a separate or supplementary investigation; (3) engage an outside investigator or other District employees to assist with the appeal; and/or (4) take other steps appropriate or helpful in resolving the complaint. If the complainant has reason to believe the Superintendent’s decision was made in error, the complainant may request, in writing, that the Board consider an appeal of the Superintendent’s decision. (See Level 4.) This request must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent, within fifteen (15) calendar days of the Superintendent’s written response to the complaint, for transmission to the Board. Level 4: The Board Upon written appeal of a complaint alleging a violation the individual’s rights under state or federal law or Board policy upon which the Board of Trustees has authority to remedy, the Board may consider the Superintendent’s decision in Level 2 or 3. Upon receipt of written request for appeal, the Chair will either: (1) place the appeal on the agenda of a regular or special Board meeting, (2) appoint an appeals panel of not less than three trustees to hear the appeal and make a recommendation to the Board, or (3) respond to the complaint with an explanation of why the appeal will not be heard by the Board of Trustees in accordance with this policy. If the Chair


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1700 page 3 of 3 appoints a panel to consider the appeal, the panel will meet to consider the appeal and then make written recommendation to the full Board. The Board will report its decision on the appeal, in writing, to all parties, within thirty (30) calendar days of the Board meeting at which the Board considered the appeal or the recommendation of the panel. A decision of the Board is final, unless it is appealed pursuant to Montana law within the period provided by law. Cross Reference:

3210 - Equal Educational Opportunity and Nondiscrimination 5010 - Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination 3225-3225P – Sexual Harassment of Students 5012-5012P – Sexual Harassment of Employees

Legal Reference:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Civil Rights Act) Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: November 21, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: January 16, 2007, February 17, 2009, July 16, 2019, November 19, 2019 9/14/21


CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT 1900 SERIES COVID-19 EMERGENCY POLICIES TABLE OF CONTENTS 1900 1901 1903 1904 1905 1906 1906P 1907 1908 1908F 1909 1910 1910F1 1910F2 1911 1912

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Introduction School District Policy and Procedures School District Meetings and Gatherings Use of Transportation Funds Student, Staff, and Community Health and Safety Student Instruction and Services Student Instruction Resources and Best Practices School District Declaration of Emergency Family Engagement Family Onsite Opt-Out Form Human Resources and Personnel Personnel Use of Leave Emergency Paid Sick Leave Employee Request Form EFMLA Employee Request Form School District Budget Adoption and Amendment and Audit School District Elections During Emergency


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The board of trustees and its staff are operating under unusual, even unprecedented circumstances by virtue of the declaration of a statewide emergency by the Governor and the executive orders related to school closure to address concerns from the COVID-19 Virus and/or the declaration of an unforeseen emergency (community disaster) made by the Board of Trustees. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Trustees has found it necessary to adopt temporary policies related to emergency school closures, the ongoing provision of educational services to students, meetings of the Board, gatherings on school property, health and safety of students, staff and community members, human resource matters and budgetary matters. To ensure clarity and transparency, the board has organized all emergency school policies into a temporary chapter. The Board has also included this introductory section as a heading for each policy to ensure understanding of the purpose and duration of each policy adopted pursuant to this chapter. Purpose(s) of Policies 1. Ensuring that locally-elected trustees charged with the supervision and control of their local public schools, in collaboration with their staff leadership teams, make decisions that are in the best interests of students, staff and the community served. 2. Ensuring measures to protect the health and safety of students, staff and community members. 3. Addressing issues relating to student instruction and family engagement. 4. Addressing barriers to learning presented by distance. 5. Improvement of instruction in on-site, offsite, and/or on-line settings 6. Ensuring continuity of employment of school district staff and/or continuity of services provided by contract transportation providers. 7. Ensuring accountability to families with children. Term of COVID-19 Emergency Measures Policies The term of School District Policies Numbered 1900-1999 shall run concurrent with any emergency related to COVID-19 declared by the President, Congress, Montana Legislature, Governor, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, county health department or the board of trustees. These policies shall terminate, unless further extended, on the earlier of June 30, 2020 or the date upon which all emergency declarations related to COVID-19 that apply to the district have lawfully expired or have been dissolved. Cross Reference:

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Policy 2221 – 2221P – School Closure Policy 1400 – Board Meetings Policy 1310 – Policy and Procedure Policy 1420 – Meeting Procedure


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Legal Reference:

Executive Orders – 2-2020 and 3-2020 – Office of the Governor and accompanying Directives Section 20-9-801-806, MCA – Emergency School Closure Section 50-1-202-204, MCA – Public Health Laws Section 10-3-104, MCA – General Authority of Governor Article X, section 8 – Montana Constituion

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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Cascade School District

COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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Emergency Policy and Procedures Applicability of Emergency Policy Series During a state of emergency declared by the Board of Trustees or other local, state or federal agency, official, or legislative body, the provisions in the emergency policies adopted by the Board of Trustees as codified at 1900-1999 in the district policy manual will govern in the event of any conflict or inconsistency between an emergency policy and other provision in the district policy manual. All other aspects of the district policy manual not affected by the provisions in the emergency policy series continue to be in full effect. Legal References In the absence of a legal reference on an emergency policy adopted by the Board of Trustees, the policy is specifically based on the Board of Trustees authority to supervise and control the schools within the District in accordance with Article X, section 8 of the Montana Constitution. Adoption and Amendment of Policies New or revised policies that are required or have required language changes based on State or Federal law or directive, required by administrative rule, or are required due to a declaration of emergency issued by the Board of Trustees or other state or federal agency official or legislative body may be adopted after the first (1st) reading if notice has been given through the board agenda provided to the trustees and public. All new or amended policies adopted as part of the emergency policy series shall become effective immediately upon adoption; unless a specific effective date is stated in the motion for adoption. Suspension of Policies Under circumstances that require waiver of a policy, the policy may be suspended by a majority vote of the trustees present. To suspend a policy, however, all trustees must have received written notice of the meeting, which includes the proposal to suspend a policy and an explanation of the purpose of such proposed suspension. Administrative Procedures The Superintendent shall develop such administrative procedures as are necessary to ensure consistent implementation of policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. Legal References:

§ 20-3-323, MCA District policy and record of acts 10.55.701, ARM Board of Trustees Title 20, Chapter 9 Part 8, MCA

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School District Meetings, Gatherings, Events, and Visitors The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy to govern during the term of the declared public health emergency to ensure individuals present at a school facility for events or other operationally related reasons honor safety protocols. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel are authorized to implement this policy in coordination with state and local health officials. School District Events (Boards must select Option 1, Option 2, or Option 3) Option 3 The Board of Trustees may authorize School District physical meetings, gatherings, and events when the event is deemed essential to district operations. Physical meetings, gatherings, and events shall not be held without prior authorization of the Board of Trustees. All attendees at physical meetings, gatherings, and events held on school property in an outdoor area including the stadium, field, or other open area designated by the Board of Trustees shall be required to honor the applicable health and safety protocols outlined in District Policy 1905 including, but not limited to, physical distancing. The School District shall provide suitable space for physical distancing to occur and, if practicable, markings and walking routes in the area where the event shall be held to preserve a safe event setting. Physical meetings, gatherings, and events shall be limited to 50 people when held inside a school building. All attendees at a meeting, gathering, or event authorized by the Board of Trustees held inside the school facility are required to honor the health and safety protocols outlined in District Policy 1905. Vulnerable individuals (defined by the Centers for Disease Control at the time of this policy’s adoption as those age 65 or older or those with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy) must not attend School District meetings, gatherings, or events held in accordance with this policy. Precautions must be taken to isolate from vulnerable residents. The School District shall accommodate vulnerable individuals so they may participate in the meeting gathering or event via electronic means. Visitors to Schools Visitors to the interior of any school building shall not be permitted without the express approval of the supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated. Visitors that are authorized to

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be present in any school building must adhere to all health and safety guidelines outlined in District Policy 1905. Volunteers Volunteers utilized by the School District that have been approved in accordance with District Policy 5430 may enter the school building in accordance with the protocols outlined in District Policy 1905. Facilities Use Agreements The Board of Trustees suspends community use of District facilities. Unless an event is specifically identified as necessary by the Board of Trustees, Facilities Use Agreements and other similar requests submitted in accordance with District Policy 4330 shall not be considered while this policy governs the period of a public health emergency. Enforcement Visitors to any school building or any attendee at a meeting, gathering, or event authorized by the Board of Trustees in accordance with this policy who fail to honor the requirements of District Policy or the directives of School District officials shall be asked to correct their conduct or leave the meeting, gathering, or event in accordance District Policy 4315. Cross Reference:

Policy 1901 – School District Policy and Procedures Policy 1905 – Student, Staff, and Community Health and Safety Policy 1400 – Board Meetings Policy 5430 – Volunteers Policy 4301 – Visitors to Schools Policy 4332 – Conduct on School Property Policy 4315 – Visitor and Spectator Conduct Policy 4330 – Community Use of School Facilities

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Use of Transportation Funds During Periods of Emergency Declaration Pursuant to guidance issued from the Office of Public Instruction, the board of trustees authorizes the following expenditures of its FY20 budgeted transportation funds that are in addition to traditionally authorized expenditures. The expenditures below are, as noted in OPI guidance, transportation services which provide instructional services to students. OPTIONS: • Transportation of food and meals used in nutritional programs. • Purchase of equipment to ensure food safety. • Providing accessibility to student services for remote learning. • Providing instructional materials to students, including but not limited to internet service adequate to allow students to effectively access curriculum during periods of school closure. • Cost of instructional materials, supplies, and software licenses. • Costs of technological equipment needed for offsite instruction/correspondence study purchased by the school district and loaned to students without such equipment. • Cost of correspondence study. • Costs of providing services to students with an IEP or a plan adopted pursuant to section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. • Costs of time off or repurposed time for staff normally paid from the transportation fund. • Costs to contractors of transportation services. Cost Guidelines The board of trustees authorizes the Superintendent to exercise his/her professional judgment and discretion as to the necessity, quality and amount of all expenses referenced below. Aggregate costs of items below are to remain within the budget limits adopted by the board of trustees for the FY20 transportation budget, including any budget amendments adopted by the board of trustees prior to the completion of FY20. • •

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Any costs consistent with costs under normal operation, including costs referenced in any contract to which the district is a party. Actual costs of delivering meals to students at locations authorized by any and all waivers of regular rules for school nutrition programs that have been adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture or the Office of Public Instruction. Any costs consistent with and necessary to comply with an IEP or section 504 plan. Actual costs of equipment, software and service necessary to bridge digital divides or provide a quality learning environment for students, including:

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1904 Page 2 of 2 Equipment necessary to provide wi-fi in a student’s home, including any equipment qualifying for discount under the federal E-Rate program; o Equipment necessary to allow students to effectively participate in offsite instruction with an emphasis on ensuring opportunities for real time interactions, collaboration, and effective engagement in the learning process by students. § Equipment purchased under this section may include any combination deemed necessary and appropriate by the Superintendent, including but not limited to mobile devices, tablets and laptops. § Equipment purchased under this section shall become and remain the property of the district and shall be provided to students through a loan/checkout service developed by the Superintendent. o Software to ensure a safe and appropriate online learning experience by students of the district. o Internet service at an adequate bandwidth to ensure full and effective use of instruction delivery and interaction methods employed by the district as part of its offsite learning program. § If there are multiple internet service providers in the community, the board authorizes the superintendent to choose either a single provider or to allocate/rotate selection from among all providers in the community meeting minimum bandwidth and other safety and quality standards deemed necessary and appropriate by the superintendent. o

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Policy 3612 – District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks Policy 3612P - District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks Procedure Policy 3612F – Internet Access Agreement Policy 3650 – Montana Pupil Online Personal Information Protection Act Policy 3650F – Montana Model Data Privacy Agreement Policy 2168.- Distance Learning Policy 2170 – Montana Digital Academy Policy 2170P – Montana Digital Academy Procedures

Legal Reference:

Section 20-10-101(5), MCA – Transportation

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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Student, Staff, and Community Health and Safety The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy during the term of the declared public health emergency to ensure the safe and healthy delivery of education services provided to students on school property in accordance with Policy 1906, and a safe workplace when staff are present on school property in accordance with Policy 1909, and the safety, health and well-being of parents and community members. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel are authorized to implement the protocols in coordination with state and local health officials. Symptoms of Illness Students and staff who are ill, feeling ill, diagnosed as ill, or otherwise demonstrating symptoms of illness must not come to school or work. Students who have a fever or are exhibiting other signs of illness must be isolated in a designated area until such time as parents or caregiver may arrive at the school to retrieve the ill student. All surfaces and areas should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected once the student has vacated the area by staff utilizing safety measures in accordance with state and/or local health standards as applicable. Students may engage in alternative delivery of education services during the period of illness or be permitted to make up work in accordance with District Policy 1906. Staff members will be provided access to leave in accordance with District Policy 1911 or the applicable Master Contract or Memorandum of Understanding. Parents, guardians, or caregivers of students who are ill, feeling ill, diagnosed as ill, or otherwise demonstrating symptoms of illness must not be present at the school for any reason including but not limited events or gatherings or to drop off or pick up students excepted as provided by this policy. To avoid exposing others to illness, parents or caregivers who are ill must make arrangements with others to transport students to school or events, if at all practicable. If not practicable, parents, guardians or caregivers must not leave their vehicle during pickup or drop off and must arrange with District staff to supervise students in accordance with physical distancing guidelines in this Policy. Physical Distancing To the extent possible, elementary school courses will be delivered to the same group of students each day, and the same teachers will remain with the same group in the same separate and designated room each day. If physical distancing is not possible during meal service and courses delivered in a separate area such as the library, gymnasium, and music room, the service or course will be delivered in the designated classroom for each group of students. Recess and use of playgrounds during recess are permitted on an adjusted schedule to maintain appropriate

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1905 Page 2 of 7 student groupings. Transportation services will be provided in accordance with cleaning and disinfection procedures outlined in this policy. Secondary school courses will be delivered using a restructured bell system to minimize student interaction in common areas. Upon arriving in a classroom, secondary school students will be provided disinfecting wipes or disinfecting spray and disposable paper towel and time to clean their learning area or desk. Meal service for secondary students will be provided through a grab and go lunch that will be eaten in designated areas. Parent arrival times to drop-off and pick up students riding with parents and caregivers will be staggered in designated intervals by grade level through a schedule set by the supervising teacher or building administrator. Drop off and pick up of students will be completed in a manner that limits direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to social distancing recommendations in the exterior of the building. Visitors to the school authorized by District Policy 1903 will maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and others. This distancing requirement does not apply to individuals who are a part of the visitor’s regular household isolation group when the group is authorized to present at the school facility. Face Coverings as Personal Protective Equipment In accordance with directives from the State of Montana, if the number of active COVID-19 cases in the county in which the School District is located is four (4) or more, the School District requires all staff, volunteers, visitors, and students aged five (5) and over to wear a face overing peers while present in any school building. In accordance with directives from the State of Montana, if the number of active COVID-19 cases in the county in which the School District is located is four (4) or more, the School District also requires all staff, volunteers, visitors, and students aged five (5) and over to wear a face covering while present at any outdoor school activity with fifty (50) or more people where physical distancing is not possible or is not observed. Face covering means disposable or reusable masks that cover the nose and mouth or face shields. The School District will provide masks or face shields to students, volunteers, and staff. If a student or staff wears a reusable mask or face shield, the School District expects that the masks be washed on a regular basis to ensure maximum protection. The School District will assist students or staff members who request help washing or replacing a mask. Students, staff, volunteers, and visitors are not required to wear a face covering, mask, or face shield under this provision when: 1. consuming food or drink; 2. engaged in strenuous physical activity; 3. giving a speech, lecture, class presentation, course lesson, or performance when separated by at least six feet of distance from the gathering, class, or audience; 4. communicating with someone who is hearing impaired;

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1905 Page 3 of 7 5. identifying themselves; 6. receiving medical attention; or 7. precluded from safely using a face covering, mask, or face shield due to a medical or developmental condition. The superintendent, building principal, or their designee shall request documentation from a care provider when considering an exception to this provision for medical or developmental reasons. The School District will comply with all applicable disability and discrimination laws when implementing this provision. Teachers may allow students to remove their masks or face shields if students are seated at their desks in a classroom and six feet of distance is strictly maintained between each of the students. If a teacher is working one on one with a student, both teacher and student must wear a mask or face shield. If students are working in small groups, the students must be wearing masks or face shields. All points of entry to any school building or facility open to the public shall have a clearly visible sign posted stating: “Mask or face covering use required for ages 5 and older.” The School District authorizes the administration to report any violations of this provision to the county attorney. Allegations of harassment of any person wearing or not wearing a face covering, mask, or face shield requirement will be promptly investigated in accordance with District policy. Failure or refusal to wear a face covering, mask, or face shield by a staff member or student not subject to an exception noted above may result in redirection or discipline in accordance with District policy and codes of conduct, as applicable. If the number of active COVID-19 cases in the county where the school district is located is three (3) or fewer after this provision is adopted, the Board of Trustees authorizes the supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel to waive the requirement for masks or face shields to be worn in the school building or at school events. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel shall coordinate with the county health department each day to determine whether masks or face shields are required at the school in accordance with requirements issued by the State of Montana. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel shall announce the applicability of a face covering requirement to students, parents, staff, volunteers, and visitors for the immediate successive school day each day by 3:00 pm. If the supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel determines masks or face shields are not required, signs will be removed but students, parents, staff, volunteers, and visitors may wear a mask or face shield while present in any school building or at any school event. The standard requirements for face coverings outlined in this provision will govern if the number of cases in the county where the school is located is again four (4) or more.

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1905 Page 4 of 7 Cleaning and Disinfecting School district personnel will routinely both clean by removing germs, dirt and impurities and disinfect by using chemicals to kill germs on all surfaces and objects in any school building and on school property that are frequently touched. This process shall include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily. Personnel will clean with the cleaners typically used and will use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. Personnel will disinfect with common EPA-registered household disinfectants. A list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available from the supervising teacher or administrator. Personnel will follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products. The District will provide EPA-registered disposable wipes to teachers, staff, and secondary students so that commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) can be wiped down before use. Supervising teacher or administrators are required to ensure adequate supplies to support cleaning and disinfection practices. Student Arrival Hand hygiene stations will be available at the entrance of any school building, so that children can clean their hands before they enter. If a sink with soap and water is not available, the School District will provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer will be kept out of elementary students’ reach and student use will be supervised by staff. A District employee will greet children outside the school as they arrive to ensure orderly compliance with the provisions of this policy. Temperature Screening Designated School District staff are authorized to test the temperature of students with an approved non-contact or touchless temperature reader. Students who have a fever or are exhibiting other signs of illness must be isolated in a designated area until such time as parents or caregiver may arrive at the school to retrieve the ill student. All surfaces and areas should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected once the student has vacated the area by staff utilizing safety measures in accordance with state and/or local health standards as applicable. When administering a temperature check on a possibly ill student, designated staff members will utilize available physical barriers and personal protective equipment to eliminate or minimize exposures due to close contact to a child who has symptoms during screening.

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1905 Page 5 of 7 Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior All students, staff, and others present in the any school building will engage in hand hygiene at the following times, which include but are not limited to: • Arrival to the facility and after breaks • Before and after preparing, eating, or handling food or drinks • Before and after administering medication or screening temperature • After coming in contact with bodily fluid • After recess • After handling garbage • After assisting students with handwashing • After use of the restroom Hand hygiene includes but is not limited to washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available. Staff members will supervise children when they use hand sanitizer and soap to prevent ingestion. Staff members will place grade level appropriate posters describing handwashing steps near sinks. Vulnerable Individuals Vulnerable individuals (defined by the Centers for Disease Control at the time of this policy’s adoption as those age 65 or older or those with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy) are authorized to talk to their healthcare provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should telework during the period of declared public health emergency. Employees who have documented high risk designation from a medical provider are entitled to reasonable accommodation within the meaning of that term in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 as outlined in District Policy 5002. These accommodations may include but are not limited to teleworking in accordance with a work plan developed in coordination with and authorized by the supervising teacher, administrator or other designated supervisor. Such employees may also be eligible for available leave in accordance with the applicable policy or master agreement provision. Food Preparation and Meal Service Facilities must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations and guidance related to safe preparation of food. © 2021 MTSBA


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1905 Page 6 of 7 Sinks used for food preparation must not be used for any other purposes. Staff and students will wash their hands in accordance with this policy. Transportation Services The Board of Trustees authorizes the transportation of eligible transportees to and from the school facility in a manner consistent with the protocols established in this policy. The transportation director and school bus drivers will clean and disinfect each seat on each bus after each use. Public Awareness The School District will communicate with parents, citizens, and other necessary stakeholders about the protocols established in this policy and the steps taken to implement the protocols through all available and reasonable means. Confidentiality This policy in no way limits or adjusts the School District’s obligations to honor staff and student privacy rights. All applicable district policies and handbook provision governing confidentiality of student and staff medical information remain in full effect. Transfer of Funds for Safety Purposes The Board of Trustees may transfer state or local revenue from any budgeted or non-budgeted fund, other than the debt service fund or retirement fund, to its building reserve fund in an amount not to exceed the school district's estimated costs of improvements to school and student safety and security to implement this policy in accordance with District Policy 1006FE. Legal Reference

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Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Order 2-2021 – February 12, 2021 Correspondence clarifying Governor’s Directive – February 11, 2021 Article X, section 8 Montana Constitution Section 20-3-324, MCA Powers and Duties Section 20-9-806, MCA School Closure by Declaration of Emergency 10.55.701(2)(d)(s) Board of Trustees State, ex rel., Bartmess v. Helena Board of Trustees, 726 P.2d 801


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1905 Page 7 of 7 Cross Reference:

Policy 1901 – School District Policy and Procedures Policy 1903 – School District Events and Meetings Policy 1903F – School Events Notice Policy 1906 - Student Services and Instructional Delivery Policy 1907 – Transportation Services Policy 1006FE – Transfer of Funds for Safety Purposes Policy 3410 – Student examination and screenings Policy 3226 – Bullying and Harassment Policy 3417 – Communicable Diseases Policy 3431 – Emergency Treatment Policy 5015 – Bullying and Harassment Policy 1911 - Personnel Use of Leave Policy 1910 – Human Resources and Personnel Policy 4120 - Public Relations Policy 5002 – Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities Policy 5130 – Staff Health Policy 5230 - Prevention of Disease Transmission Policy 6110 – Superintendent Authority Policy 6122 - Delegation of Authority

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: August 18, 2020, September 15, 2020 Terminated on:

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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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Student Instruction and Services The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy to govern during the term of the declared public health emergency to ensure the delivery of education services to students onsite at the school, offsite at other locations using available resources including but limited to online methods. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel are authorized to implement this policy. As outlined in District Policy 2100, and except for students determined by the School District to be proficient using School District assessments, the adopted calendar has a minimum number of 720 aggregate instructional hours for students in kindergarten through third grade; 1,080 hours for students in fourth through eleventh grade and 1,050 hours for students in twelfth grade. The School District may satisfy the aggregate number of hours through any combination of onsite, offsite, and online instruction. The District administration is directed to ensure that all students are offered access to the complete range of educational programs and services for the education program required by the accreditation standards adopted by the Montana Board of Public Education. For the purposes of this policy and the School District’s calculation of ANB and “aggregate hours of instruction” within the meaning of that term in Montana law, teaching strategies which are innovative or transformational and focus on student engagement for the purposes of developing a students’ interests, passions, and strengths, instruction shall be construed as being synonymous with the terms “learning” and “education.” The term shall include any directed, distributive, collaborative and/or experiential learning activity provided, facilitated or coordinated by the teacher of record in a given course that is done purposely to facilitate the learning of, acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities by, and to otherwise fulfill the full educational potential of students. Staff shall calculate the number of hours students have received instruction as defined in this policy through a combined calculation of services received onsite at the school or services provided or accessed at offsite or online instructional settings including, but not limited to, any combination of physical instructional packets, virtual or electronic based course meetings and assignments, self-directed or parent-assisted learning opportunities, and other educational efforts undertaken by the staff and students that can be given for grade or credit. Staff shall report completed hours of instruction as defined in this policy to the supervising teacher, building principal, or district administrator for final calculation. Students shall receive grades for completed coursework in accordance with the grading scale for the individual staff member or the alternative grading procedures outlined in District Policy 1902.

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1906 Page 2 of 5 The Board of Trustees may revise the school calendar to adjust the completion of the school year for particular grade levels and groups once students have satisfied the required number of applicable aggregate hours. In order to comply with the requirements of the calendar, District Policy and Section 20-1-301, MCA, the District shall implement the instructional schedules and methods identified in this policy. Proficiency-Based Learning The Board of Trustees authorizes proficiency-based ANB calculation in situations when a student demonstrates proficiency in a course area as determined by the Board of Trustees using district assessments consistent with the School District’s adopted Plan of Action, District Policy 1005FE, or other measures approved by the Board of Trustees during the course of the 20192020 school year. The Board of Trustees waives the minimum number of instructional hours for students who demonstrate proficiency in a course area using district assessments that include, but are not limited to, the course or class teacher’s determination of proficiency as defined by the Board of Trustees. This determination shall be based on a review of the student’s completed coursework, participation in course delivery, and other methods applicable to the specific course or class. The Board of Trustees authorizes the use of the proficiency determination process for students who have selected this method of delivery, students for whom the School District is unable to document satisfaction of the required minimum aggregate number of hours through the offsite or onsite methods outlined in this policy, or other students whom School District personnel determine satisfy the definition of proficient or meeting proficiency. This provision is based in the declaration by the Montana Legislature that any regulation discriminating against a student who has participated in proficiency-based learning is inconsistent with the Montana Constitution. Special Education and Accommodation of Disabilities or Diagnoses Students shall receive services in accordance with the applicable Individualized Education Plan or Section 504 Plan based on methods and locations agreed upon and documented by the applicable team to meet the student’s needs and goals. The supervising teacher or building administrator shall coordinate with parents and the special education staff or cooperative to ensure all applicable statutes are followed in accordance with U.S. Department of Education guidelines.

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1906 Student Attendance The Board of Trustees authorizes the supervising teacher, building principal or district administration to set an attendance policy for students that takes into account the location of instructional services, the applicability of proficiency-based instruction, the student’s grade level, and the health and safety of the student and their household. Students are expected to complete assigned work. If a student is not present for the instructional day, the student shall be permitted to complete all work assigned by the teacher if not present for instruction within a reasonable period of time determined by the teacher. Students shall not lose credit or incur a grade reduction for reasons related to attendance without good reason as determined by the Board of Trustees. Student Safety and Counseling Students shall have access to regular school counseling services whether their instruction is provided in an onsite, offsite or online setting. Staff shall promptly report any suspected student distress or concern to their supervisor for review and referral. Students receiving instruction in an offsite setting are governed by the staff obligation to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Homeless Students and Students in Foster Care This policy in no way limits or adjusts the School Districts obligations to homeless students or students in foster care. Applicable District policies serving these students or this population of students remain in full effect. Student Discipline This policy in no way limits or adjusts the School District’s expectations for student conduct. All applicable district policies and handbook provisions governing student conduct remain in full effect. Summer School The Board of Trustees authorizes a summer program of instructional offerings for the purpose of remediation of credit, maintenance of skills, and enrichment. All classes offered for credit must meet minimum state requirements for accreditation and may be delivered at the school or at another offsite location. Remediation credit courses shall be offered, grades 9-12, in accordance with District advancement requirements. Credit course offerings must be approved by the Board of Trustees

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1906 Legal Reference:

Section 20-1-101, MCA – Definitions Section 20-1-301, MCA – School Fiscal Year Section 20-9-311, MCA – Calculation of Average Number Belonging Section 20-7-118, MCA - Offsite Provision of Educational Services Section 20-7-1601, MCA – Transformational Learning –Legislative Intent ARM 10.55.906(4)) – High School Credit

Cross Reference:

Policy 1005FE – Proficiency-Based Learning Policy 1902 – Alternative Grading Policy 1905 - Staff, Student, and Community Health and Safety Policy 2100 – School Calendar Policy 2140 – Guidance and Counseling Policy 2161 – Special Education Policy 2168 – Distance Learning Policy 2410 – Graduation Policy 2420 – Grading and Progress Reports Policy 2421 – Promotion and Retention Policy 2150 – Suicide Training and Awareness Policy 3125 – Homeless Students Policy 3122 - Attendance Policy Policy 3310 - Student Discipline

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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COVID-19 Emergency Measures

1906P

Student Instruction Resources and Best Practices In accordance with Policy 1005FE – Proficiency Based Learning and Section 20-9-311(4)(d), MCA, “a school district may include in its calculation of ANB a pupil who is enrolled in a program providing fewer than the required aggregate hours of pupil instruction under subsection (4)(a) or (4)(b) if the pupil has demonstrated proficiency in the content ordinarily covered by the instruction as determined by the school board using district assessments. The ANB of a pupil under this subsection (4)(d) must be converted to an hourly equivalent based on the hours of instruction ordinarily provided for the content over which the student has demonstrated proficiency.” Proficiency or satisfying aggregate hours of instruction can be achieved through an on-site, offsite, or blended learning model as outlined in Policy 1906. Best practices, including but not limited to those outlined below, will assist districts in facilitating quality learning for each student regardless of background or circumstance. Planning & Communication • Providing tools for virtual learning will help ensure equity in access to learning opportunities. With Policy 1904, districts may utilize transportation funds to facilitate internet and device access to students currently without. • Provide weekly learning agendas communicated to students and parents. • Set student meetings, teacher office hours, assignment expectations, and grades available on an established schedule. Districts may consider Policy 1902 – Alternative Grading. • Establish whole group virtual “class time” and/or opportunities for small group learning o Post assignments online early and for the entire week. § During this time of challenge, providing structure and certainty will support academic, mental and emotional health. o Students should receive some form of communication from the school community at least once per day.

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With students and parents/guardians set expectations and acknowledgment of the importance for ownership of student learning. Expectations can outline due dates for assessments. Outline how much online participation is required of students. Include expectation for daily submission of work or review of accomplishments toward goals. Survey students and parents/guardians to make adjustments to lessons. Remember to be flexible—time learning software, apps, etc. should be considered part of learning.

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Differentiated Instruction & Learning Models • Embed experiential learning that fosters a learning environment that promotes connections. Districts participating in Transformational Learning funding can utilize their Strategic Plan as a guiding document and adapt to a virtual environment. • Social Emotional Learning and connections. o Begin the day by connecting with students—a Brain Teaser or an exercise for students to share a topic of interest or something from home with others. • Record lessons o Lessons should come with visual substance and multiple types of instruction to facilitate learning—downloads, PowerPoints, videos, readings, audio recordings, etc. • Honor students interests and passions through experiential learning opportunities. • Project based learning. o Engage the students to do the work through research, developing, and creating a product which encompasses a variety of subject areas. o Encourage creativity. o Consider pointing students to the right resources (videos, websites, files) and allow them to be contributors to their own learning-- Creation of a science project—writing, demonstration of items needed, YouTube video with the end result being submitted to the teacher and classmates. § Wax Museum example: reading about character, writing about individual, dress up and record via YouTube or creation of a Power Point with pictures o Project based learning presents opportunities for cross-subject collaboration and flexibility in ways to show student learning.

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Provide video meeting and messaging capabilities to engage students in multiple mediums to show learning. Provide daily feedback to address academic growth and monitor and improve social emotional wellness. o Clearly communicate to ensure students and parents are aware of the importance of this mutual feedback. Opportunity for MAP testing/Unit testing for subject areas Formative assessments can guide instruction and provide multiple opportunities for feedback and identifying gaps in student learning and instruction through a low-stress medium.

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1906P Page 3 of 3 Legal Reference:

Section 20-1-101, MCA – Definitions Section 20-1-301, MCA – School Fiscal Year Section 20-9-311, MCA – Calculation of Average Number Belonging Section 20-7-118, MCA - Offsite Provision of Educational Services Section 20-7-1601, MCA – Transformational Learning –Legislative Intent ARM 10.55.906(4)) – High School Credit

Cross Reference:

Policy 1005FE – Proficiency-Based Learning Policy 1902 – Alternative Grading Policy 1905 - Staff, Student, and Community Health and Safety Policy 2100 – School Calendar Policy 2140 – Guidance and Counseling Policy 2161 – Special Education Policy 2168 – Distance Learning Policy 2410 – Graduation Policy 2420 – Grading and Progress Reports Policy 2421 – Promotion and Retention Policy 2150 – Suicide Training and Awareness Policy 3125 – Homeless Students Policy 3122 - Attendance Policy Policy 3310 - Student Discipline

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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School District Declaration of Emergency The Board of Trustees is authorized to declare that a state of emergency exists within the community. A declaration issued by the Board of Trustees is distinct from any declaration in effect or previously issued by local, state or federal authorities. An emergency declaration issued by the Board of Trustees authorizes the School District to take extraordinary measures to protect students and staff while delivering education services in a manner authorized by law. The method and location of instruction and related educational services shall be implemented in a manner that serves the needs of students, their families, and staff and preserves the School Districts full entitlement of funding. Legal Reference:

Section 20-9-801 - 802, MCA Section 20-9-806, MCA Section 20-9-805.

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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Emergency School Closure School closure by declaration of emergency Rate of reduction in annual apportionment entitlement.


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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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Family Engagement The Board of Trustees authorizes the supervising teacher or district administrator to provide Policy 1908F to families requesting to opt-out of onsite instruction at the school facility for the duration of the declared public health emergency. Students of families opting out of onsite instruction at the school facility shall receive offsite, online, and proficiency-based instruction, or any combination of the foregoing at the discretion of the School District in accordance with District Policy 1906. School District staff shall arrange for any combination of physical instructional packets, virtual or electronic based course meetings and assignments, self-directed or parent/guardian-assisted learning opportunities, and other educational efforts available to staff and students that can be relied upon for grade or credit in order to satisfy the minimum aggregate number of hours or determination of proficiency for the requesting student. Students determined to be proficient in one or more courses of the district shall be incorporated in the School District’s calculation of ANB, with such ANB fraction to be converted to an hourly equivalent based on the hours of instruction ordinarily provided for the content over which the student has demonstrated proficiency. Students of families opting out of onsite delivery shall be treated the same as students instructed at the school facility for purposes of grading, discipline, and other educational rights. Legal Reference:

Section 20-1-101, MCA – Definitions Section 20-1-301, MCA – School Fiscal Year Section 20-9-311, MCA – Calculation of Average Number Belonging Section 20-7-118, MCA - Offsite Provision of Educational Services Section 20-7-1601, MCA – Transformational Learning –Legislative Intent ARM 10.55.906(4)) – High School Credit

Cross Reference:

Policy 1906 – Student Instruction and Services Policy 1908F – Family Onsite Opt-Out Form

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: June 29, 2020 Terminated on:

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Family Onsite Instruction Opt-Out Form A family who does not want their student to receive instruction and educational services onsite at the school may request to have instruction completed offsite and/or online by completing this form. Students of families opting out of onsite instruction at the school facility shall receive offsite, online, and proficiency-based instruction, or any combination of the foregoing at the discretion of the School District in accordance with District Policy 1906. School District staff shall arrange for any combination of physical instructional packets, virtual or electronic based course meetings and assignments, self-directed or parent/guardian-assisted learning opportunities, and other educational efforts available to staff and students that can be relied upon for grade or credit in order to satisfy the minimum aggregate number of hours or determination of proficiency for the requesting student. Students determined to be proficient in one or more courses of the district shall be incorporated in the School District’s calculation of ANB, with such ANB fraction to be converted to an hourly equivalent based on the hours of instruction ordinarily provided for the content over which the student has demonstrated proficiency. I, , Parent or Guardian of, a student enrolled at School District, requests my student receive educational services and instruction at an offsite location and/or for the duration of the declared public health emergency in a manner consistent with the methods identified by the School District. I understand my student is expected to complete all assigned work and return it to the teacher in order to receive credit toward a grade to be considered for promotion or credit and in accordance with Policy 1902, if applicable. I further understand that failure to complete work assigned may result in a determination that my student will be retained or otherwise not earn credit.

Parent Legal Reference:

Date Section 20-1-101, MCA – Definitions Section 20-1-301, MCA – School Fiscal Year Section 20-9-311, MCA – Calculation of Average Number Belonging Section 20-7-118, MCA - Offsite Provision of Educational Services Section 20-7-1601, MCA – Transformational Learning –Legislative Intent ARM 10.55.906(4)) – High School Credit

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: June 29, 2020 Terminated on:

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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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Human Resources and Personnel The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy to govern during the term of the declared public health emergency to ensure clear expectations for District staff while completing their duties in a safe and healthy workplace. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel are authorized to implement this policy. Work Schedule and Assignment for Certified Staff The working conditions for the certified staff shall be governed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement and any applicable Memorandum of Understanding between the Unit and the School District or the individual employment contracts between the employee and the School District. Certified staff shall comply with the emergency policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and related directives from the administration unless there is a provision of a Collective Bargaining Agreement or an applicable Memorandum of Understanding that specifically governs instead of the policy. Work Schedule and Assignment of Duties for Classified Staff In accordance with the individual employment contracts issued to classified staff, the District reserves the right to change employment conditions affecting an employee’s duties, schedule, assignment, or supervisor. The District shall notify the employee in writing of any change in their workday or duties. Classified staff shall comply with the emergency policies adopted by the Board of Trustees and related directives from the administration. Personal Conduct This policy in no way limits or adjusts the School District’s expectations for staff conduct. All applicable district policies and handbook provision governing staff conduct remain in full effect Student Services Students shall have access to regular instructional services whether their instruction is provided in an onsite, offsite, or online setting. Staff shall promptly report any suspected violation of School District Policy or concern about student health, well-being, or safety to their supervisor for review and referral. Students receiving instruction in an offsite or online setting are governed by all applicable laws, including the staff obligation to report suspected child abuse or neglect.

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1909 Page 2 of 2 Compensation and Benefits Staff shall continue to earn regular compensation and benefits during the period of declared public health emergency. Payroll dates and schedules are not affected by an applicable public health emergency. Evaluation of Staff The Board of Trustees authorizes the administration to adjust or waive the schedule for evaluation of staff to accommodate the changes to the school calendar in response to a public health emergency unless there is a Collective Bargaining Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding specifying the evaluation process of a member of a bargaining unit. Cross Reference:

Policy 1905 - Student, Staff and Community Health and Safety Policy 1906 – Student Instruction Policy 5140 – Classified Assignment Policy 5210 – Assignments and Transfers Policy 5221 – Work Day Policy 5232 – Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Policy 5255 – Disciplinary Action Policy 5223 – Personal Conduct Policy 5012 – Sexual Harassment Policy 5015- Bullying and Intimidation Policy 5130 – Staff Health Policy 5230 – Prevention of Disease Transmission Policy 5222 – Evaluation of Certified and Classified Staff

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: June 29, 2020 Terminated on:

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1910F1 CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT - EMPLOYEE REQUEST FORM - EMERGENCY PAID SICK LEAVE Employees may be entitled to Emergency Paid Sick Leave in accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) if the employee satisfies eligibility standards. Employees can complete this form and submit it or any questions to at . Employee Name: Mailing Address:

E-mail:

Home Phone Number:

Alternate Phone Number:

Anticipated Begin Date of Leave:

Expected Return to Work Date:

EMPLOYEE REQUEST FOR LEAVE AT FULL PAY Employees satisfying one of the three standards noted below are eligible for two weeks of leave capped at 80 hours paid at the employee’s full regular compensation rate. For a part-time employee it is the number of hours equal to the average number of hours that the employee works over a typical two-week period. Please select the applicable reason and follow the related instructions. I am unable to work or telework for the following reasons: □ I am quarantined pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order. □ I am quarantined on the advice of a health care provider. □ I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. Please attach the applicable government order or documentation from medical provider corresponding to the item(s) selected. EMPLOYEE REQUEST FOR LEAVE AT 2/3 PAY Employees satisfying one of the three standards noted below are eligible for two weeks of leave capped at 80 hours paid at the 2/3 of the employee’s regular compensation rate. For a part-time employee it is the number of hours equal to the average number of hours that the employee works over a typical two-week period. Please select the applicable reason and follow the applicable instructions. I am unable to work or telework for the following reasons: □ I need to care for an individual subject to quarantine pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider. I represent that no other person will be providing care for the individual during the period for which the I am receiving Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Name(s) of the individual(s) being cared for: □ I am experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor. Please attach the applicable government order or documentation from medical provider corresponding to the item(s) selected. □ I am unable to work or telework because I need to care for my child under age 18 because my child’s elementary or secondary school, childcare provider, or child’s place of care has been closed or is unavailable due to a public health emergency. During this period of unavailability or closure, I represent that no other person will be providing care for my child during the period for which I am receiving Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Page 1 – Continue Form on Reverse

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Section Continued from previous page Name(s) and Age(s) of Child or Children:

If the age of one or more of the child is between 14 and 18, the following special circumstances exist requiring me to care for the child during daylight hours: Please attach notice or documentation related to the unavailability of the school, daycare, place of care or person providing care to the child. The School District reserves the right to request confirmation regarding the nature of the closure or unavailability. If you are requesting 2/3 paid leave in conjunction with Emergency FMLA to care for a child under the age of 18 affected by school or care closure due to public health emergency, please complete an EFMLA form to submit with this form.

SUPPLEMENT 2/3 PAY WITH ACCRUED DISTRICT LEAVE An employee on Emergency Paid Sick Leave at 2/3 pay as noted above, may choose to supplement the 2/3 pay provided through Emergency Paid Sick Leave with accrued District leave to earn full compensation. Please indicate if you would like to use paid leave during your EFMLA absence to supplement your 2/3 Emergency Paid Sick Leave compensation. Requested leave is subject to availability based on confirmation by the School District. Hours

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EMPLOYEE CERTIFCIATION AND SIGNATURE I certify that the above information is accurate and complete. I understand that if I fail to report for work on or before the scheduled return date indicated above or fail to communicate changes in the schedule with my supervisor, I may be subject to discipline in accordance with School District Policy. Employee Signature:

Date:

FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT USE ONLY Request Received By:

Date:

Leave Approved By:

Date:

Period of Leave: Duration and Type of Supplemental Leave to Earn Full Pay Approved:

The School District will retain all records related to this leave request for at least 4 years for auditing purposes.

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1910F2 CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT - EMPLOYEE REQUEST FORM - EMERGENCY FMLA Employees may be entitled to Emergency FMLA (EFMLA) in accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) if the employee satisfies eligibility standards. Employees can complete this form and submit it or any questions to at . Employee Name: Mailing Address:

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Home Phone Number: Employment Start Date:

Alternate Phone Number: Employees must have worked for School District for 30 days to be eligible for EFMLA.

Expected Begin Date of Leave:

Expected Return to Work Date:

REASON FOR LEAVE Employees satisfying the standards noted below are eligible for 12 weeks* of leave. The first two weeks of the leave are unpaid unless the employee selects available options in the next box. The remaining 10 weeks of leave are paid at 2/3 of the employee’s regular compensation rate unless other options are selected on this form. Please select the applicable reason and follow the applicable instructions. □ I am unable to work or telework because I need to care for my child under age 18 because my child’s elementary or secondary school, childcare provider, or child’s place of care has been closed or is unavailable due to a public health emergency. During this period of unavailability or closure, I represent that no other person will be providing care for my child during the period for which I am receiving EFMLA. Name(s) and Age(s) of Child or Children: If the age of one or more of the child is between 14 and 18, the following special circumstances exist requiring me to care for the child during daylight hours: Please attach notice or documentation related to the unavailability of the school, daycare, place of care or person providing care to the child. The School District reserves the right to request confirmation regarding the nature of the closure or unavailability. * An employee who qualifies for and utilizes the Emergency Paid Sick Leave provisions of the FFCRA, is entitled to an additional 10 weeks of Emergency FMLA. Direct questions about or requests for this leave to the staff member noted above. SUBSTITUTION OF PAID LEAVE FOR FIRST TEN DAYS OF EFMLA In accordance with the FFCRA, the first ten days of EFMLA is unpaid, however you may be eligible to use Emergency Paid Sick Leave provided through the FFCRA to cover this period at 2/3 of full pay. In the event you have already used Emergency Paid Sick Leave, you are permitted to use available District-provided paid leave to cover this period at full pay. Please indicate if you would like to use paid leave during the first 10 days of your absence and how many hours you plan to use. Requested leave is subject to availability based on confirmation by the School District. If requesting Emergency Paid Sick Leave, please complete and submit an Emergency Paid Sick Leave form. Hours

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SUPPLEMENT 2/3 PAY WITH ACCRUED DISTRICT LEAVE An employee may choose to supplement the 2/3 pay provided through EFMLA with accrued District leave to earn full compensation. Please indicate if you would like to use paid leave during your EFMLA absence to supplement your 2/3 EFMLA compensation. Requested leave is subject to availability based on confirmation by the School District. □ Vacation: Hours Sick Leave: Hours Personal: _Hours Page 1 – Continue Form on Reverse Side

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CONTINUOUS OR INTERMITTENT LEAVE After completing the first ten days of EFMLA, an employee may choose to take 10 weeks of continuous leave under EFMLA for the reason indicated above. Continuous leave means the employee will not complete any District duties during this period but will be compensated based on the options selected above. An employee may also choose to take 10 weeks of intermittent leave. Intermittent leave means an employee will complete some District duties on a modified schedule as approved by the employee’s supervisor. When using intermittent leave, the employee will receive full regular pay for hours worked and 2/3 of regular pay during periods on EFMLA unless supplemented in a manner noted above. I am requesting (choose one):

Continuous leave

Intermittent leave

If your need for leave is intermittent, please describe the requested schedule for your intermittent leave:

EMPLOYEE CERTIFICATION AND SIGNATURE I certify that the above information is accurate and complete. I understand that if I fail to report for work on or before the scheduled return date indicated above or fail to honor the intermittent EFMLA schedule I may be subject to discipline in accordance with School District Policy. Employee Signature:

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FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT USE ONLY Request Received By:

Date:

Leave Approved By:

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Period of Leave: Intermittent Leave Schedule if applicable: Duration and Type of Substituted Leave for First Ten Days Approved: Duration and Type of Supplemental Leave to Earn Full Pay Approved: The School District will retain all records related to this leave request for at least 4 years for auditing purposes.

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Personnel Use of Leave The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy to govern during the term of the declared public health emergency to inform School District staff about leave options. The supervising teacher, principal, superintendent or designated personnel are authorized to implement this policy. District Leave School District staff may utilize accumulated leave granted in accordance with Montana law, District policy, a Collective Bargaining Agreement, or applicable Memorandum of Understanding through the regular procedures governing the type of leave requested. Federal Law Controls Federal Leave Provisions The Board of Trustees has adopted this policy and related forms on the referenced date based on the law and available federal and state guidance as of the date of such adoption. Federal and state guidance can change following adoption of this policy and forms. To the extent that any subsequently adopted guidance or federal regulation or other controlling interpretation of the law results in a conflict between such guidance, regulation or controlling interpretation and this policy or forms, the provisions of the guidance, regulation or controlling interpretation controls to the extent of any such conflict. The School District shall take reasonable steps to ensure that staff are notified of any change in guidance or federal regulation or other controlling interpretation of the law that creates a conflict with any provision of this policy of forms. Emergency Paid Sick Leave In accordance with Federal law, employees may be eligible for two weeks of paid sick leave capped at 80 hours paid at the employee's regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined in accordance with a Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider, and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis. Employees may be eligible for two weeks of paid sick leave capped at 80 hours paid at twothirds the employee's regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine in accordance with a Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider, or to care for a child under 18 years of age whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by

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Policy 1910 Page 2 of 2 the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor. Eligible employees may request leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by completing Policy 1910F1 – Emergency Paid Sick Leave Emergency Family Medical Leave Employees may be eligible for up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee's regular rate of pay when the employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19. Eligible employees may request leave available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by completing Policy 1910F2 – Emergency Family Medical Leave. Legal Reference:

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Cross Reference:

Policy 1910F1 – Emergency Paid Sick Leave Form Policy 1910F2 - Emergency Family Medical Leave Form Policy 1909 – Human Resources and Personnel Policy 5321 – Leaves of Absence Policy 5328 – Family Medical Leave Act Policy 5329 – Long Term Illness Policy 5330 – Maternity and Paternity Leave Policy 5334 - Vacations

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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School District Budget Adoption, Amendment and Audit The period of the school fiscal year affected by the declared public health emergency shall be the longer of the portion of the school fiscal year covered by an emergency declared by the President, Congress, Governor, Montana Legislature, State or County Health Department or the portion of the school fiscal year identified in the board’s declaration of an emergency. The School District shall avail itself of all flexibilities allowed by law, rule, or regulation and shall be otherwise governed by the school finance laws and rules of the state of Montana. The School District shall comply with auditing requirements and reserves the authority to assert its rights to manage school district funds or seek state and federal funds in a manner consistent with the full flexibility available under all applicable laws. Legal Reference:

Article X, section 8 Montana Constitution Title 20, Chapter 9, Part 8, Montana Code Annotated

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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Cascade School District COVID-19 Emergency Measures

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School District Elections Rescheduled Due to Emergency The County Superintendent may cancel the School District’s election due to an emergency declared by the Governor. As soon as convenient after the declaration of a state of emergency or disaster is terminated, the trustees of the district shall set a new date for the election. Notice of such election shall be published for 7 consecutive days in a newspaper of general circulation in the district and posted for 7 days at district polling places. All applicable deadlines governing school election procedures in Montana law shall be reset and calculated based on the date of rescheduled election. Legal Reference:

Section 20-20-108, MCA - Rescheduling Of School Election Canceled Due To Declaration Of State Of Emergency Or Disaster Title 20, Chapter 20, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: April 27, 2020 Reviewed on: Revised on: Terminated on:

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CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT R = required 2000 SERIES INSTRUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS R 2000 2050 R 2100 R 2105 2110 R 2120 2123 2130 R 2132 2140 2151-2151F R 2158 R 2160 - 2160P R 2161 - 2161P R 2162 - 2162P 2163 2166 2167 2168 2170 – 2710P R 2171 2221 - 2221P 2240 R 2250 R 2309 R 2310 - 2310P R 2311 R 2311P R 2312 R 2314 2320 2322 R 2330 2332 R 2333 2334 2335

Goals Student Instruction School Year Calendar and Day Grade Organization Objectives Curriculum and Assessment Lesson Plan Program Evaluation and Diagnostic Tests Student and Family Privacy Rights Guidance and Counseling Interscholastic Activities Family Engagement Policy Title I Parent Involvement Special Education Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) Traffic Education Gifted Program Correspondence Courses Distance, Online, and Technology-Delivered Learning Montana Digital Academy Classes Significant Writing Program School Closure Summer School Community and Adult Education Library Materials Selection of Library Materials Instructional Materials Selection, Adoption, and Removal of Textbooks and Instructional Materials Copyright Learning Materials Review Field Trips, Excursions, and Outdoor Education Contests for Students Controversial Issues and Academic Freedom Religion and Religious Activities Participation in Commencement Exercises Release Time for Religious Instruction Health Enhancement


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Advancement Requirements (9-12) High School Graduation Requirements Early Out Program Credit Transfer and Assessment for Placement Grading and Progress Reports Promotion and Retention Homework Recognition of Native American Cultural Heritage Limited English Proficiency Program School Wellness Animals-Pets in School Work Experience


Cascade School District R 2000

INSTRUCTION Goals

The District’s educational program will seek to provide an opportunity for each child to develop to his or her maximum potential. The objectives for the educational program are: • • • • • • • •

To foster self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-discipline. To develop an awareness of and appreciation for cultural diversity. To stimulate intellectual curiosity and growth. To provide fundamental career concepts and skills. To help the student develop sensitivity to the needs and values of others and respect for individual and group differences. To help each student strive for excellence and instill a desire to reach the limit of his or her potential. To develop the fundamental skills which will provide a basis for lifelong learning. To be free of any sexual, cultural, ethnic, or religious bias.

The administrative staff is responsible for apprising the Board of the educational program’s current and future status. The Superintendent should prepare an annual report that includes: • • • • •

A review and evaluation of the present curriculum; A projection of curriculum and resource needs; An evaluation of, and plan to eliminate, any sexual, cultural, ethnic, or religious bias that may be present in the curriculum or instructional materials and methods; A plan for new or revised instructional program implementations; and A review of present and future facility needs.

Legal Reference

10.55.701, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Student Instruction The School District has adopted the protocols outlined in this policy to ensure the delivery of education services to students onsite at the school, offsite at other locations using available resources. The District administration or designated personnel are authorized to implement this policy. As outlined in District Policy 2100, and except for students determined by the School District to be proficient using School District assessments, the adopted calendar has a minimum number of 720 aggregate instructional hours for students in kindergarten through third grade; 1,080 hours for students in fourth through eleventh grade and 1,050 hours for students in twelfth grade. The School District may satisfy the aggregate number of hours through any combination of onsite, offsite, and online instruction. The District administration is directed to ensure that all students are offered access to the complete range of educational programs and services for the education program required by the accreditation standards adopted by the Montana Board of Public Education. For the purposes of this policy and the School District’s calculation of ANB and “aggregate hours of instruction” within the meaning of that term in Montana law, the term “instruction” shall be construed as being synonymous with and in support of the broader goals of “learning” and full development of educational potential as set forth in Article X, section 1 of the Montana Constitution. Instruction includes innovative teaching strategies that focus on student engagement for the purposes of developing a students’ interests, passions, and strengths. The term instruction shall include any directed, distributive, collaborative and/or experiential learning activity provided, supervised, guided, facilitated, work based, or coordinated by the teacher of record in a given course that is done purposely to achieve content proficiency and facilitate the learning of, acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities by, and to otherwise fulfill the full educational potential of each child. Staff shall calculate the number of hours students have received instruction as defined in this policy through a combined calculation of services received onsite at the school or services provided or accessed at offsite or online instructional settings including, but not limited to, any combination of physical instructional packets, virtual or electronic based course meetings and assignments, self-directed or parent-assisted learning opportunities, and other educational efforts undertaken by the staff and students that can be given for grade or credit. Staff shall report completed hours of instruction as defined in this policy to the supervising teacher, building principal, or district administrator for final calculation. In order to comply with the requirements of the calendar, District Policy and Section 20-1-301, MCA, the District shall implement the instructional schedules and methods identified in this policy.

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2050 Page 2 of 3 Offsite Instruction The Board of Trustees authorizes offsite instruction of students in a manner that satisfies the aggregate number of instructional hours outlined in the School District’s adopted or revised calendar for a school year. Offsite delivery methods shall include a complete range of educational services offered by the School District and shall comply with the requirements of applicable statutes. Students completing course work through an offsite instructional setting shall be treated in and have their hours of instruction calculated in the same manner as students attending an onsite institutional setting. Offsite instruction is available to students: 1. meeting the residency requirements for that district as provided in 1-1-215; 2. living in the district and eligible for educational services under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act or under 29 U.S.C. 794; or 3. attending school in the district under a mandatory attendance agreement as provided in 20-5-321; 4. attending school in the nearest district offering offsite instruction that agrees to enroll the student when the student’s district of residence does not provide offsite instruction in an equivalent course in which the student is enrolled. A course is not equivalent if the course does not provide the same level of advantage on successful completion, including but not limited to dual credit, advanced placement, and career certification. Attendance under this provision is subject to approval of the Trustees. The Board of Trustees authorizes the supervising teacher or district administrator to permit students to utilize an offsite or online instructional setting at when circumstances require. Proficiency-Based Learning The Board of Trustees authorizes proficiency-based learning and ANB calculation in situations when a student demonstrates proficiency in a course area as determined by the Board of Trustees using District assessments consistent with District Policy 1005FE, or other measures approved by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees waives the minimum number of instructional hours for students who demonstrate proficiency in a course area using district assessments that include, but are not limited to, the course or class teacher’s determination of proficiency as defined by the Board of Trustees. This determination shall be based on a review of the student’s completed coursework, participation in course delivery, and other methods applicable to the specific course or class. The Board of Trustees authorizes the use of the proficiency determination process for students who have selected this method of delivery, students for whom the School District is unable to document satisfaction of the required minimum aggregate number of hours through the offsite or

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2050 Page 3 of 3 onsite methods outlined in this policy, or other students whom School District personnel determine satisfy the definition of proficient or meeting proficiency. This provision is based in the declaration by the Montana Legislature that any regulation discriminating against a student who has participated in proficiency-based learning is inconsistent with the Montana Constitution. Legal Reference:

Article X, Section 1, Montana Constitution Section 20-1-101, MCA – Definitions Section 20-1-301, MCA – School Fiscal Year Section 20-9-311, MCA – Calculation of Average Number Belonging Section 20-7-118, MCA - Offsite Provision of Educational Services Section 20-7-1601, MCA – Transformational Learning –Legislative Intent ARM 10.55.906(4)) – High School Credit

Cross Reference:

Policy 1005FE – Proficiency-Based Learning Policy 2100 – School Calendar Policy 2140 – Guidance and Counseling Policy 2168 – Distance Learning Policy 2410 – Graduation Policy 2420 – Grading and Progress Reports

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/18/2021 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/19/21 Terminated on:

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School Year Calendar and Day School Calendar Subject to §§ 20-1-301 and 20-1-308, MCA, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of affected employees, the trustees of a school district shall set the number of hours in a school term, the length of the school day, and the number of school days in a school week. When proposing to adopt changes to a previously adopted school term, school week, or school day, the trustees shall: (a) negotiate the changes with the recognized collective bargaining unit representing the employees affected by the changes; (b) solicit input from the employees affected by the changes but not represented by a collective bargaining agreement; (c) and from the people who live within the boundaries of the school district. Commemorative Holidays Teachers and students will devote a portion of the day on each commemorative holiday designated in § 20-1-306, MCA, to study and honor the commemorated person or occasion. The Board may from time to time designate a regular school day as a commemorative holiday. Saturday School In emergencies, including during reasonable efforts of the trustees to make up aggregate hours of instruction lost during a declaration of emergency by the trustees under Section 20-9-806, MCA, pupil instruction may be conducted on a Saturday when it is approved by the trustees. Pupil instruction may be held on a Saturday at the discretion of a school district for the purpose of providing additional pupil instruction beyond the minimum aggregate hours of instruction required in Section 20-1-301, MCA, provided student attendance is voluntary. School Fiscal Year At least the minimum number of aggregate hours must be conducted during each school fiscal year. The minimum aggregate hours required by grade are: (a) A minimum of 360 aggregate hours for a kindergarten program; (b) 720 hours for grades 1 through 3; (c) 1,080 hours for grades 4 through 12; and (d) 1,050 hours may be sufficient for graduating seniors. The minimum aggregate hours, described above, are not required for any pupil demonstrating proficiency pursuant to 20-9-311(4)(d), MCA.

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2100 page 2 of 2 In addition, seven (7) pupil instruction-related days may be scheduled for the following purposes: 1. Pre-school staff orientation for the purpose of organization of the school year; 2. Staff professional development programs (minimum of three (3) days); 3. Parent/teacher conferences; and 4. Post-school record and report (not to exceed one (1) day, or one-half (½) day at the end of each semester or quarter). The Board of Trustees has established an advisory committee to develop, recommend, and evaluate the school district’s yearly professional development plan. Each year the Board of Trustees shall adopt a professional development plan for the subsequent school year based on the recommendation of the advisory committee. Extended School Year In accordance with Section 20-1-301, MCA, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of affected employees, the Board of Trustees may establish a school calendar with an earlier start date and a later end date to ensure students receive the minimum number aggregate instructional hours. The purpose of an extended school year will be to maximize flexibility in the delivery of instruction and learning for each student in the School District. When setting an extended school year, the School District will collaborate with students, parents, employees and other community stakeholders. When proposing to adopt changes to a previously adopted school term the Board of Trustees will follow the procedures outlined in in this policy. Legal References:

§ 20-1-301, MCA § 20-1-302, MCA § 20-1-303, MCA

School fiscal year School term, day and week Conduct of School on Saturday or Sunday prohibited - exceptions § 20-1-304, MCA Pupil-instruction-related day § 20-1-306, MCA Commemorative exercises on certain days § 20-9-311, MCA Calculation of Annual Number Belonging (ANB) ARM 10.55.701 Board of Trustees ARM 10.65.101, 103 Pupil-Instruction-Related Days ARM 10.55.714 Professional Development ARM 10.55.906 High School Credit

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: 9/2/21 Revised on: October, 2006, September 7, 2011, December 5, 2016, July 16, 2019, May 18, 2021

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Cascade School District R 2105

INSTRUCTION Grade Organization

The District has instructional levels for grades Early K through twelve (12). The grouping and housing of instructional levels in school facilities will be according to plans developed by the Superintendent and approved by the Board. Instructional programs will be coordinated between each grade and between levels of schools. A student will be assigned to an instructional group or to a classroom which will best serve the needs of that individual while still considering the rights and needs of other students. Factors to be considered in classroom assignments are class size, peer relations, student/teacher relations, instructional style of individual teachers, and any other variables that will affect the performance of the student. Criteria for grouping will be based on learning goals and objectives addressed and the student’s ability to achieve those purposes.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-6-501, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Objectives Continuous Progress Education The Board acknowledges its responsibility to develop and implement a curriculum designed to provide for sequential intellectual and skill development necessary for students to progress on a continuous basis from elementary through secondary school. The Superintendent is directed to develop instructional programs which will enable each student to learn at the student’s best rate. The instructional program will strive to provide for: 1.

Placement of a student at the student’s functional level;

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Learning materials and methods of instruction considered to be most appropriate to the student’s learning style; and

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Evaluation to determine if the desired student outcomes have been achieved.

Each year, the Superintendent will determine the degree to which such instructional programs are being developed and implemented. Accomplishment reports submitted annually will provide the Board with the necessary information to make future program improvement decisions.

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/5/16, 10/2/21 Revised on: 10/3/07, 3/10/14, 10/19/21

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Cascade School District R 2120

INSTRUCTION Curriculum and Assessment

The Board is responsible for curriculum adoption and must approve all significant changes, including the adoption of new textbooks and new courses, before such changes are made. The Superintendent is responsible for making curriculum recommendations. The District shall ensure their curriculum is aligned to all content standards and the appropriate learning progression for each grade level. A written sequential curriculum will be developed for each subject area. The curricula will address learner goals, content and program area performance standards, and District education goals and will be constructed to include such parts of education as content, skills, and thinking. The District shall review curricula at least every five (5) years or consistent with the state’s standards revision schedule, and modify, as needed, to meet educational goals of the continuous school improvement plan pursuant to ARM 10.55.601. The staff and administration will suggest materials and resources, to include supplies, books, materials, and equipment necessary for development and implementation of the curriculum and assessment, which are consistent with goals of the education program. The District shall maintain their programs consistent with the state’s schedule for revising standards. The District shall assess the progress of all students toward achieving content standards and content-specific grade-level learning progressions in each program area. The District shall use assessment results, including state-level achievement information obtained by administration of assessments pursuant to ARM 10.56.101 to examine the educational program and measure its effectiveness. The District shall use appropriate multiple measures and methods, including statelevel achievement information obtained by administration of assessments pursuant to the requirements of ARM 10.56.101, to assess student progress in achieving content standards and content-specific grade-level learning progressions in all program areas. The examination of program effectiveness using assessment results shall be supplemented with information about graduates and other students no longer n attendance. Cross Reference: Legal Reference:

2000 Goals 2110 Objectives § 20-3-324, MCA § 20-4-402, MCA § 20-7-602, MCA 10.55.603, ARM

Powers and duties Duties as district superintendent or county high school principal Textbook selection and adoption Curriculum Development and Assessment

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007, April 15, 2014 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Lesson Plan To insure proper planning and continuity of instruction, the Board requires that each teacher prepare lesson plans for daily instruction. To facilitate more effective instruction, lesson plans must be prepared on the Friday preceding the following school week. The format for the lesson plan will be specified by the building principal and will be reviewed on a regular basis. The lesson plans must be readily available when a substitute teacher is needed.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Program Evaluation and Diagnostic Tests The Board strives for efficiency and effectiveness in all facets of its operations. To achieve this goal, the Board will set forth: 1.

A clear statement of expectations and purposes for the District instructional program;

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A provision for staff, resources, and support to achieve stated expectations and purposes; and

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A plan for evaluating instructional programs and services to determine how well expectations and purposes are being met.

Parents who wish to examine any assessment materials may do so by contacting the Superintendent. Parental approval is necessary before administering an individual intelligence test or a diagnostic personality test. No tests or measurement devices which include questions about a student’s or the student’s family’s personal beliefs and practices in family life, morality, and religion will be administered, unless the parent gives written permission for the student to take such test, questionnaire, or examination.

Legal Reference:

20 U.S.C. § 1232h 10.55.603, ARM 10.56.101, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 17, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

Protection of pupil rights Curriculum Development and Assessment Student Assessment


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Student and Family Privacy Rights Surveys - General All surveys requesting personal information from students, as well as any other instrument used to collect personal information from students, must advance or relate to the District’s educational objectives as identified in Board Policy. This applies to all surveys, regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified and regardless of who created the survey. Surveys Created by a Third Party Before the District administers or distributes a survey created by a third party to a student, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may inspect the survey upon request and within a reasonable time of their request. This section applies to every survey: (1) that is created by a person or entity other than a District official, staff member, or student, (2) regardless of whether the student answering the questions can be identified, and (3) regardless of the subject matter of the questions. Surveys Requesting Personal Information School officials and staff members shall not request, nor disclose, the identity of any student who completes ANY survey containing one (1) or more of the following items: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian; Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family; Behavior or attitudes about sex; Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom students have close family relationships; Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those with lawyers, physicians, and ministers; Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent/guardian; Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may: 1. 2.

Inspect the survey within a reasonable time of the request, and/or Refuse to allow their child to participate in any survey requesting personal information. The school shall not penalize any student whose parent(s)/guardian(s) exercise this option.


2132 page 2 of 3 Instructional Material A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may, within a reasonable time of the request, inspect any instructional material used as part of their child’s educational curriculum. The term “instructional material,” for purposes of this policy, means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments. Collection of Personal Information from Students for Marketing Prohibited The term “personal information,” for purposes of this section only, means individually identifiable information including: (1) a student’s or parent’s first and last name, (2) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town), (3) telephone number, or (4) a Social Security identification number. The District will not collect, disclose, or use student personal information for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose. The District, however, is not prohibited from collecting, disclosing, or using personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions such as the following: 1. 2. 3. 4.

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College or other post-secondary education recruitment or military recruitment; Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products; Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools; Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments; The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or educationrelated activities; Student recognition programs.

Notification of Rights and Procedures The Superintendent or designee shall notify students’ parents/guardians of: 1.

This policy as well as its availability from the administration office upon request;


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How to opt their child out of participation in activities as provided in this policy; The approximate dates during the school year when a survey requesting personal information, as described above, is scheduled or expected to be scheduled; How to request access to any survey or other material described in this policy.

This notification shall be given parents/guardians at least annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable period after any substantive change in this policy. The rights provided to parents/guardians in this policy transfer to the student, when the student turns eighteen (18) years of age or is an emancipated minor. Cross Reference:

3410 2311 3200

Student Health Instructional Materials Student Rights and Responsibilities

Legal Reference:

20 U.S.C. 1232h

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

Protection of Pupil Rights


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Guidance and Counseling The District recognizes that guidance and counseling are an important part of the total program of instruction and should be provided in accordance with state laws and regulations, District policies and procedures, and available staff and program support. The general goal of this program is to help students achieve the greatest personal value from their educational opportunities. Such a program should: 1.

Provide staff with meaningful information which can be utilized to improve educational services offered to individual students.

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Provide students with planned opportunities to develop future career and educational plans.

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Refer students with special needs to appropriate specialists and agencies.

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Aid students in identifying options and making choices about their educational program.

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Assist teachers and administrators in meeting academic, social, and emotional needs of students.

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Provide for a follow-up of students who further their education and/or move into the workforce.

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Solicit feedback from students, staff, and parents, for purposes of program improvement.

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Assist students in developing a sense of belonging and self-respect.

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Have information available about nicotine addiction services and referrals to tobacco cessation programs to students and staff.

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Serve as a reference for alternative discipline or restorative justice programs.

All staff will encourage students to explore and develop their individual interests in all areas including but not limited to career and technical programs, academic curricula, post-secondary opportunities, community or military service, and employment options without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, ethnicity, language barrier, religious belief, physical or mental handicap or disability, economic or social condition, actual or potential marital or parental status. Legal Reference

§ 49-3-203, MCA 10.55.710, ARM 10.55.802, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/11/10 Reviewed on: 12/5/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/19/21

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Educational, counseling, and training programs Assignment of School Counseling Staff Opportunity and Educational Equity


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Suicide Awareness and Prevention Professional Development The District will provide professional development on youth suicide awareness and prevention to each employee of the district who work directly with any students enrolled in the school district. The training materials will be approved by the Office of Public Instruction (OPI). The District will provide, at a minimum, two (2) hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training every five (5) years. All new employees who work directly with any student enrolled in the school district will be provided two (2) hours of training the first year of employment. Youth suicide and prevention training may include: A. B. C. D. E.

In-person attendance at a live training; Videoconference; An individual program of study of designated materials; Self-review modules available online; and Any other method chosen by the local school board that is consistent with professional development standards.

Prevention and Response The Board authorizes the Administration and appropriate District staff to develop procedures to address matters related to suicide prevention and response that: A. Promote collaboration with families and with community providers in all aspects of suicide prevention and response; B. Include high quality intervention services for students; C. Promote interagency cooperation that enables school personnel to identify and access appropriate community resources for use in times of crisis; D. Include reintegration of youth into a school following a crisis, hospitalization, or residential treatment; E. Provide for leadership, planning, and support for students and school personnel to ensure appropriate responses to attempted or completed suicides. No cause of action may be brought for any loss or damage caused by any act or admission resulting from the implementation of the provisions of this policy or resulting from any training, or lack of training, related to this policy. Nothing in this policy shall be construed to impose a specific duty of care. This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees on a regular basis. © MTSBA 2021


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§ 20-7-1310, MCA ARM 10.55.720

Policy History: Adopted on:: October 16, 2018 Reviewed on: 9/2/21 Revised on: November 11, 2019, 9/14/21

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Youth suicide awareness and prevention training Suicide Prevention and Response


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Interscholastic Activities The District recognizes the value of a program of interscholastic activities as an integral part of the total school experience. The program of interscholastic activities will include all activities relating to competitive sport or intellectual contests, games or events, or exhibitions involving individual students or teams of students of this District, when such events occur between schools outside this District. All facilities and equipment utilized in the interscholastic activity program, whether or not the property of the District, will be inspected on a regular basis. Participants will be issued equipment which has been properly maintained and fitted. An activity coach must be properly trained and qualified for an assignment as described in the coach’s job description. A syllabus which outlines the skills, techniques, and safety measures associated with a coaching assignment will be distributed to each coach. All personnel coaching intramural or interscholastic activities will hold a current valid first aid certificate. The Board recognizes that certain risks are associated with participation in interscholastic activities. While the District will strive to prevent injuries and accidents to students, each parent or guardian will be required to sign an “assumption of risk” statement indicating that the parents assume all risks for injuries resulting from such participation. Each participant will be required to furnish evidence of physical fitness (physical form) prior to becoming a member of an athletic team. A participant will be free of injury and will have fully recovered from illness before participating in any event. Coaches and/or trainers may not issue medicine of any type to students. This provision does not preclude the coach and/or trainer from using approved first aid items.

Cross Reference:

3416 Administering Medicines to Students 2151F Assumption of Risk Form

Legal Reference:

10.55.707, ARM 37.111.825, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:9/19/06, 10/5/21 Revised on:12/5/16, 10/19/21

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2151F CASCADE SCHOOL ATHLETICS INFORMED CONSENT AND INSURANCE VERIFICATION FORM Extracurricular activities may include physical contact and physical exertion. There is an inherent risk of injury in the activity. By signing this agreement, I acknowledge that the School District staff try to prevent accidents. I agree to accept responsibility for my student’s participation in the school activities. The activity is strictly voluntary. I, the undersigned, hereby acknowledge and understand that, regardless of all feasible safety measures that may be taken by the School District, participation in this event entails certain inherent risks. I certify that my student is physically fit and medically able to participate or have noted an applicable physical or medical diagnosis at the bottom of this form. I further certify that my student will honor all instructions of district staff and failure to honor instructions may result on dismissal from the activity. I have been informed of these risks, understand them, and feel that the benefits of participation outweigh the risks involved. My signature below gives my child permission to participate in a __________ School Activity. I authorize qualified emergency medical professionals to examine and in the event of injury or serious illness, administer emergency care to my student. I understand every effort will be made to contact the family or contact person noted below to explain the nature of the problem prior to any involved treatment. In the event it becomes necessary for the district staff in charge to obtain emergency care for my student, I understand that neither the district employee in charge of the activity nor the school district assumes financial liability for expenses incurred because of an accident, injury, illness and/or unforeseen circumstances. The School District DOES NOT provide medical insurance benefits for students who choose to participate in activities programs. Parents or guardians may request information from the school district regarding medical insurance for students. If parents or guardians have their own insurance coverage during the student’s participation, that coverage information is provided below. Or parents may notify the School District that they do not have medical insurance. ____ I have personal medical insurance to cover the student’s participation: INSURANCE (Company Name) ____________________________________________ Policy # ________________________________________________________________ ____ I do not have personal medical insurance to cover the student’s participation and understand that the School District does not provide medical insurance to cover the students. I understand I will be responsible for any medical costs associated with the student’s participation. Signature Required Regardless of Insurance Coverage: Student Athlete __________________________________________________________ (Please Print) Parent/Guardian _________________________________________________________ (Signature) Date: __________________________________________________________________

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Family Engagement Policy The Board of Trustees believes that engaging parents/families in the education process is essential to improved academic success for students. The Board recognizes that a student's education is a responsibility shared by the district, parents, families and other members of the community during the entire time a student attends school. The Board believes that the district must create an environment that is conducive to learning and that strong, comprehensive parent/family involvement is an important component. Parent/Family involvement in education requires a cooperative effort with roles for the Office of Public Instruction (OPI), the district, parents/families and the community. Parent/Family Involvement Goals and Plan The Board of Trustees recognizes the importance of eliminating barriers that impede parent/family involvement, thereby facilitating an environment that encourages collaboration with parents, families and other members of the community. Therefore, the district will develop and implement a plan to facilitate parent/family involvement that shall include the following six (6) goals: 1.

Promote families to actively participate in the life of the school and feel welcomed, valued, and connected to each other, to school staff, and to what students are learning and doing in class;

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Promote families and school staff to engage in regular, two-way meaningful communication about student learning;

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Promote families and school staff to continuously collaborate to support student learning and healthy development both at home and at school and have regular opportunities to strengthen their knowledge and skills to do so effectively;

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Empower parents to be advocates for their own and other children, to ensure that students are treated equitably and have access to learning opportunities that will support their success;

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Encourage families and school staff to be partners in decisions that affect children and families and together inform, influence, and create policies, practices, and programs; and

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Encourage families and school staff to collaborate with members of the community to connect students, families, and staff to expand learning opportunities, community services, and civic participation.

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2158 Page 2 of 2 The district's plan for meeting these goals is to: 1.

Provide activities that will educate parents regarding the intellectual and developmental needs of their children at all age levels. This will include promoting cooperation between the district and other agencies or school/community groups (such as parent-teacher groups, Head Start, , etc.) to furnish learning opportunities and disseminate information regarding parenting skills and child/adolescent development.

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Implement strategies to involve parents/families in the educational process, including: <

Keeping parents/families informed of opportunities for involvement and encouraging participation in various programs.

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Providing access to educational resources for parents/families to use together with their children.

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Keeping parents/families informed of the objectives of district educational programs as well as of their child's participation and progress within these programs.

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Enable families to participate in the education of their children through a variety of roles. For example, parents/family members should be given opportunities to provide input into district policies and volunteer time within the classrooms and school programs.

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Provide professional development opportunities for teachers and staff to enhance their understanding of effective parent/family involvement strategies.

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Perform regular evaluations of parent/family involvement at each school and at the district level.

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Provide access, upon request, to any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

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If practical, provide information in a language understandable to parents.

Legal Reference:

10.55.701(m), ARM Board of Trustees

Policy History: Adopted on: March 18, 2014 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

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Title I Parent and Family Engagement The District endorses the parent and family engagement goals of Title I and encourages the regular participation of parents and family members (including parents and families of migrant students if applicable) of Title I eligible children in all aspects of the program to establish the agency’s expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family involvement. The education of children is viewed as a cooperative effort among the parents, family members, school, and community. In this policy the word “parent” also includes guardians and other family members involved in supervising the child’s schools. Pursuant to federal law the District will develop jointly with, agree upon with, and distribute to parents of children participating in the Title I program a written parent and family engagement policy. This may include meaningful consultation with employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations, or individuals with expertise in effectively engaging parents and family members in education. At the required annual meeting of Title I parents and family members (including parents and families of migrant students if applicable), parents and family members will have opportunities to participate in the design, development, operation, and evaluation of the program for the next school year. Proposed activities to fulfill the requirements necessary to address the requirements of family engagement goals shall be presented. In addition to the required annual meeting, at least three (3) additional meetings shall be held at various times of the day and/or evening for parents and family members of children (including parents and families of migrant children if applicable) participating in the Title I program. These meetings shall be used to provide parents with: 1.

Information about programs provided under Title I;

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A description and explanation of the curriculum in use, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet;

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Opportunities to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children; and

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The opportunity to bring parent comments, if they are dissatisfied with the school’s Title I program, to the District level.

Title I funding, if sufficient, may be used to facilitate parent attendance at meetings, through payment of transportation and childcare costs.


2160 page 2 of 2 The parents and family members of children (including parents and families of migrant children if applicable) identified to participate in Title I programs shall receive from the school principal and Title I staff an explanation of the reasons supporting each child’s selection for the program, a set of objectives to be addressed, and a description of the services to be provided. Opportunities will be provided for the parents and family members to meet with the classroom and Title I teachers to discuss their child’s progress. Parents will also receive guidance as to how they can assist at home in the education of their children. Each school in the District receiving Title I funds shall develop jointly with parents and family members of children served in the program a “School-Parent Compact” outlining the manner in which parents, school staff, and students share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement in meeting state standards. The “School-Parent Compact” shall: 1.

Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment enabling children in the Title I program to meet the state’s academic achievement standards;

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Indicate the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in the classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to their child’s education and positive use of extracurricular time; and

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Address the importance of parent-teacher communication on an ongoing basis with, at a minimum, parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, and reasonable access to staff.

The activities authorized under this policy may include establishing a parent advisory board comprised of a sufficient number and representative group of parents or family members served by the district to adequately represent the needs of the population served by the district for the purposes of developing, revising, and reviewing the parent and family engagement policy. Legal Reference:

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act 20 U.S.C. §§ 6301-6514 § 1116 Every Student Succeeds Act

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: March 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: July 16, 2019


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Title I – Equivalency/Comparability A.

To assure that state and local services are provided in Title I schools at least equivalent to such services in non-Title I schools, these policies will be observed in the School District. 1.

Salary Scales The District-wide salary scales will be applicable to all staff whether assigned to Title I or non-Title I schools.

2.

Assignment of Teachers, Administrators, and Support Personnel Assignment of teachers, administrators, and support personnel will be made in such a way to assure that the numbers of students per staff person in Title I schools shall be equivalent to the average number of students per staff person in relevant comparison schools (i.e., non-Title I or other Title I schools).

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Curriculum Materials and Instructional Supplies Curriculum materials and instructional supplies will be provided to schools with the same grade spans on a per-pupil cost factor to assure that all children have access to the same level of state and local resources regardless of whether they attend a Title I or non-Title I school.

Title I Parent Involvement In order to achieve the level of Title I parent involvement desired by District policy on this topic, these procedures guide the development of each school’s annual plan designed to foster a cooperative effort among parents, school, and community. Guidelines Parent involvement activities developed at each school will include opportunities for: • • • •

Volunteering; Parent education; Home support for the child’s education; Parent participation in school decision making.

The school system will provide opportunities for professional development and resources for staff and parents/community regarding effective parent involvement practices.

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2160P page 2 of 2 Roles and Responsibilities Parents It is the responsibility of the parent to: • Actively communicate with school staff; • Be aware of rules and regulations of school; • Take an active role in the child’s education by reinforcing at home the skills and knowledge the student has learned in school; • Utilize opportunities for participation in school activities. Staff It is the responsibility of staff to: • Develop and implement a school plan for parent involvement; • Promote and encourage parent involvement activities; • Effectively and actively communicate with all parents about skills, knowledge, and attributes students are learning in school and suggestions for reinforcement; • Send information to parents of Title I children (including parents of migrant children if applicable) in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. Community Community members who volunteer in the schools have the responsibility to: • Be aware of rules and regulations of the school; • Utilize opportunities for participation in school activities. Administration It is the responsibility of the administration to: • Facilitate and implement the Title I Parent Involvement Policy and Plan; • Provide training and space for parent involvement activities; • Provide resources to support successful parent involvement practices; • Provide in-service education to staff regarding the value and use of contributions of parents and how to communicate and work with parents as equal partners; • Send information to parents of Title I children (including parents of migrant children if applicable) in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand. Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: March 20, 2007, 9/14/21 © MTSBA 2021


Cascade School District R 2161

INSTRUCTION Special Education

The District will provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities residing within the District, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), provisions of Montana law, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For students eligible for services under IDEA, the District will follow procedures for identification, evaluation, placement, and delivery of service to children with disabilities, as provided in the current Montana State Plan under Part B of IDEA. The District may maintain membership in one or more cooperative associations which may assist in fulfilling the District’s obligations to its disabled students.

Legal Reference:

Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400, et seq. § 20-7-Part Four, MCA Special Education for Exceptional Children

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: March 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21


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Special Education Child Find The District shall be responsible for the coordination and management of locating, identifying, and evaluating all disabled children ages zero (-0-) through twenty-one (21). Appropriate staff will design the District’s Child Find plan in compliance with all state and federal requirements and with assistance from special education personnel who are delegated responsibility for implementing the plan. The District’s plan will contain procedures for identifying suspected disabled students in private schools as identified in 34 C.F.R. 530.130 and 530.131(f), students who are home schooled, homeless children, as well as public facilities located within the geographic boundaries of the District. These procedures shall include screening and development criteria for further assessment. The plan must include locating, identifying, and evaluating highly mobile children with disabilities and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education, even though the child is and has been advancing from grade to grade. The District’s Child Find Plan must set forth the following: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Procedures used to annually inform the public of all child find activities, for children zero through twenty-one; Identity of the special education coordinator; Procedures used for collecting, maintaining, and reporting data on child identification; Procedures for Child Find Activities (including audiological, health, speech/language, and visual screening and review of data or records for students who have been or are being considered for retention, delayed admittance, long-term suspension or expulsion or waiver of learner outcomes) in each of the following age groups: A. Infants and Toddlers (Birth through Age 2) Procedures for referral of infants and toddlers to the appropriate early intervention agency, or procedures for conducting child find. B. Preschool (Ages 3 through 5) Part C Transition planning conferences; frequency and location of screenings; coordination with other agencies; follow-up procedures for referral and evaluation; and procedures for responding to individual referrals. C. In-School (Ages 6 through 18) Referral procedures, including teacher assistance teams, parent referrals, and referrals from other sources; and follow-up procedures for referral and evaluation. D. Post-School (Ages 19 through 21) Individuals who have not graduated from high school with a regular diploma and who were not previously identified. Describe coordination efforts with other agencies.

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Private Schools (This includes home schools.) Child find procedures addressing the provisions of A.R.M. 10.16.3125(1); followup procedures for referral and evaluation. Homeless Children Dyslexia The School District shall establish procedures to ensure that all resident children with disabilities, including specific learning disabilities resulting from dyslexia, are identified and evaluated for special education and related services as early as possible. The screening instrument must be administered to: (A) a child in the first year that the child is admitted to a school of the district up to grade 2; and (B) a child who has not been previously screened by the district and who fails to meet grade-level reading benchmarks in any grade; The screening instrument shall be administered by an individual with an understanding of, and training to identify, signs of dyslexia designed to assess developmentally appropriate phonological and phonemic awareness skills. If a screening suggests that a child may have dyslexia or a medical professional diagnosis a child with dyslexia, the child's school district shall take steps to identify the specific needs of the child and implement best practice interventions to address those needs. This process may lead to consideration of the child's qualification as a child with a disability under this policy.

Procedures for Evaluation and Determination of Eligibility Procedures for evaluation and determination of eligibility for special education and related services are conducted in accordance with the procedures and requirements of 34 C.F.R. 300.301-300.311 and the following state administrative rules: 10.16.3320 - Referral; 10.60.103 - Identification of Children with Disabilities; 10.16.3321 - Comprehensive Educational Evaluation Process; Procedural Safeguards and Parental Notification The District implements the procedural safeguard procedures as identified in 34 C.F.R. 300.500 300.530. A copy of the procedural safeguards available to the parents of a child with a disability must be given to the parents only one (1) time a school year, except that a copy also must be given to the parents:

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Upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation; Upon receipt of the first state complaint under 34 CFR 300.151 through 300.153 and upon receipt of the first due process complaint under 34 CFR 300.507 in a school year; In accordance with the discipline procedures in 34 CFR 300.530(h) (…on the date on which the decision is made to make a removal that constitutes a change of placement of a child with a disability because of a violation of a code of student conduct, the LEA must…provide the parents the procedural safeguards notice); and Upon request by a parent.

A public agency also may place a current copy of the procedural safeguard notice on its internet website, if a website exists. [34 CFR 300.504(a) and (b)] [20 U.S.C. 1415(d)(1)] The referral for special education consideration may be initiated from any source, including school personnel. To initiate the process, an official referral form must be completed and signed by the person making the referral. The District shall accommodate a parent who cannot speak English and therefore cannot complete the District referral form. Recognizing that the referral form is a legal document, District personnel with knowledge of the referral shall bring the referral promptly to the attention of the Evaluation Team. The District shall give written notice to the parent of its recommendation to evaluate or not to evaluate the student. The parent will be fully informed concerning the reasons for which the consent to evaluate is sought. Written parental consent will be obtained before conducting the initial evaluation or before reevaluating the student. The recommendation to conduct an initial evaluation or reevaluation shall be presented to the parents in their native language or another mode of communication appropriate to the parent. An explanation of all the procedural safeguards shall be made available to the parents when their consent for evaluation is sought. These safeguards will include a statement of the parents’ rights relative to granting the consent. Evaluation of Eligibility Evaluation of eligibility for special education services will be consistent with the requirements of 34 C.F.R. 300.301 through 300.311 regarding Procedures for Evaluation and Determination of Eligibility; and shall also comply with A.R.M. 10.16.3321. Individualized Education Programs The District develops, implements, reviews, and revises individualized education programs (IEP) in accordance with the requirements and procedures of 34 C.F.R. 300.320-300.328. Least Restrictive Environment

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2161P Page 4 of 6 To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular class occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes, with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Educational placement decisions are made in accordance with A.R.M. 10.16.3340 and the requirements of 34 C.F.R. 300.114 - 300.120, and a continuum of alternate placements is available as required in 34 C.F.R. 300.551. Children in Private Schools/Out-of District Placement Children with a disability placed in or referred to a private school or facility by the District, or other appropriate agency, shall receive special education and related services in accordance with the requirements and procedures of 34 C.F.R. 300.145 through 300.147 and A.R.M. 10.16.3122. As set forth under 34 C.F.R. 300.137, children with a disability placed in or referred to a private school or facility by parents do not have an individual right to special education and related services at the District’s expense. When services are provided to children with disabilities placed by parents in private schools, the services will be in accordance with the requirements and procedures of 34. C.F.R. 300.130 through 300.144, and 300.148. Impartial Due Process Hearing The District shall conduct the impartial hearing in compliance with the Montana Administrative Rules on matters pertaining to special education controversies. Special Education Records and Confidentiality of Personally Identifiable Information A.

Confidentiality of Information

The District follows the provisions under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and implements the procedures in 34 C.F.R. 300.610-300.627, § 20-1-213, MCA, and A.R.M. 10.16.3560. B.

Access Rights

Parents of disabled students and students eighteen (18) years or older, or their representative, may review any educational records which are designated as student records collected, maintained, and used by the District. Review shall normally occur within five (5) school days and in no case longer than forty-five (45) days. Parents shall have the right to an explanation or interpretation of information contained in the record. Non-custodial parents shall have the same right of access as custodial parents, unless there is a legally binding document specifically removing that right. © MTSBA 2021


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List of Types and Locations of Information.

A list of the records maintained on disabled students shall be available in the District office. Disabled student records shall be located in the student office, where they are available for review by authorized District personnel, parents, and adult students. Special education teachers will maintain an IEP file in their classrooms. These records will be maintained under the direct supervision of the teacher and will be located in a locked file cabinet. A record-of-access sheet in each special education file will specify the District personnel who have a legitimate interest in viewing these records. D.

Safeguards

The District will identify in writing the employees who have access to personally identifiable information, and provide training on an annual basis to those staff members. E.

Destruction of Information

The District will inform parents five (5) years after the termination of special education services that personally identifiable information is no longer needed for program purposes. Medicaid reimbursement records must be retained for a period of at least six years and three months from the date on which the service was rendered or until any dispute or litigation concerning the services is resolved, whichever is later. The parent will be advised that such information may be important to establish eligibility for certain adult benefits. At the parent’s request, the record information shall either be destroyed or made available to the parent or to the student if eighteen (18) years or older. Reasonable effort shall be made to provide the parent with notification sixty (60) days prior to taking any action on destruction of records. Unless consent has been received from the parent to destroy the record, confidential information will be retained for five (5) years beyond legal school age. F.

Children’s Rights

Privacy rights shall be transferred from the parent to an adult student at the time the student attains eighteen (18) years of age, unless some form of legal guardianship has been designated due to the severity of the disabling condition. Discipline Students with disabilities may be suspended from school the same as students without disabilities for the same infractions or violations for up to ten (10) consecutive school days. Students with disabilities may be suspended for additional periods of not longer than ten (10) consecutive school days for separate, unrelated incidents, so long as such removals do not constitute a change in the student’s educational placement. However, for any additional days of removal over and © MTSBA 2021


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2161P Page 6 of 6 above ten (10) school days in the same school year, the District will provide educational services to a disabled student, which will be determined in consultation with at least one (1) of the child’s teachers, determining the location in which services will be provided. The District will implement the disciplinary procedures in accord with the requirements of CFR 300.530-300.537. Legal Reference:

34 CFR 300.1, et seq. Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) § 20-1-213, MCA Transfer of school records 10.16.3122 ARM Local Educational Agency Responsibility for Students with Disabilities 10.16.3220 ARM Program Narrative 10.16.3321 ARM Comprehensive Educational Evaluation Process 10.16.3340 ARM Individualized Education Program and Placement Decisions 10.16.3560 ARM Special Education Records 10.60.103 ARM Identification of Children with Disabilities 37.85.414 ARM Maintenance of Records and Auditing (Medicaid) Chapter 227 (2019) Montana Dyslexia Screening and Intervention Act

Policy History: Adopted on:May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, September 2, 2019 Revised on: March 20, 2007, January 20, 2009, November 19, 2019, 9/14/21

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) It is the intent of the District to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. For those students who need or are believed to need special instruction and/or related services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District shall establish and implement a system of procedural safeguards. The safeguards shall cover students’ identification, evaluation, and educational placement. This system shall include: notice, an opportunity for the student’s parent or legal guardian to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with opportunity for participation by the student’s parent or legal guardian, and a review procedure.

Legal Reference:

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. § 794 ADA Amendments Act of 2008 34 C.F.R. §104.1 et seq. Purpose 34 C.F.R. §104.35 Evaluation and Placement 34 C.F.R. §104.36 Procedural safeguards

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: 9/14/21

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) (1)

Impartial Due Process Hearing. If the parent or legal guardian of a student who qualifies under Section 504 for special instruction or related services disagrees with a decision of the District with respect to: (1) the identification of the child as qualifying for Section 504; (2) the District’s evaluation of the child; and/or (3) the educational placement of the child, the parents of the student are entitled to certain procedural safeguards. The student shall remain in his/her current placement until the matter has been resolved through the process set forth herein. A.

The District shall provide written notice to the parent or legal guardian of a Section 504 student, prior to initiating an evaluation of the child and/or determining the appropriate educational placement of the child, including special instruction and/or related services;

B.

Upon request, the parent or legal guardian of the student shall be allowed to examine all relevant records relating to the child’s education and the District’s identification, evaluation, and/or placement decision;

C.

The parent or legal guardian of the student may make a request in writing for an impartial due process hearing. The written request for an impartial due process hearing shall identify with specificity the areas in which the parent or legal guardian is in disagreement with the District;

D.

Upon receipt of a written request for an impartial due process hearing, a copy of the written request shall be forwarded to all interested parties within three (3) business days;

E.

Within ten (10) days of receipt of a written request for an impartial due process hearing, the District shall select and appoint an impartial hearing officer who has no professional or personal interest in the matter. In that regard, the District may select a hearing officer from the list of special education hearing examiners available at the Office of Public Instruction, the county superintendent or any other person who would conduct the hearing in an impartial and fair manner;

F.

Once the District has selected an impartial hearing officer, the District shall provide the parent or legal guardian and all other interested parties with notice of the person selected;

G.

Within five (5) days of the District’s selection of a hearing officer, a pre-hearing conference shall be scheduled to set a date and time for a hearing, identify the issues to be heard, and stipulate to undisputed facts to narrow the contested


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H.

The hearing officer shall, in writing, notify all parties of the date, time, and location of the due process hearing;

I.

Anytime prior to the hearing, the parties may mutually agree to submit the matter to mediation. A mediator may be selected from the Office of Public Instruction’s list of trained mediators;

J.

At the hearing, the District and the parent or legal guardian may be represented by counsel;

K.

The hearing shall be conducted in an informal but orderly manner. Either party may request that the hearing be recorded. Should either party request that the hearing be recorded, it shall be recorded using either appropriate equipment or a court reporter. The District shall be allowed to present its case first. Thereafter the parent or legal guardian shall be allowed to present its case. Witnesses may be called to testify, and documentary evidence may be admitted; however, witnesses will not be subject to cross-examination, and the Montana Rules of Evidence will not apply. The hearing officer shall make all decisions relating to the relevancy of all evidence intended to be presented by the parties. Once all evidence has been received, the hearing officer shall close the hearing. The hearing officer may request that both parties submit proposed findings of fact, conclusions, and decision;

L.

Within twenty (20) days of the hearing, the hearing examiner should issue a written report of his/her decision to the parties;

M.

Appeals may be taken as provided by law. The parent or legal guardian may contact the Office of Civil Rights, 1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204-3582; (303) 844-5695 or (303) 844-5696.

Uniform Complaint Procedure. If a parent or legal guardian of the student alleges that the District and/or any employee of the District has engaged in discrimination or harassment of the student, the parent or legal guardian will be required to proceed through the District’s Uniform Complaint Procedure.

Legal Reference:

34 C.F.R. 104.36

Procedural safeguards

Procedure History: Promulgated on: Reviewed on:

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Traffic Education Cascade School District will provide a drivers’ training instruction program for students who live within the geographic boundaries (*) of the public school district whether or not they are enrolled in the public school district and provided that students enrolled in the course will have reached their fifteenth (15th) birthday within six (6) months of course completion, and have not yet reached 19 years of age on or before September 10 of the school year in which the student participates in traffic education. All eligible students will be treated fairly and without bias in the notification, enrollment, and class administration procedures associated with the traffic education program. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to a course of study which should lead to the eventual development of skills appropriate for a licensed driver. The traffic education program is designed to meet the criteria established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. These criteria include requirements for instructional time, for instructor certification, recommendations for course of study and reimbursement procedures.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-7-502, MCA § 20-7-503, MCA § 20-7-507, MCA 10.13.307, ARM 10.13.312, ARM

Duties of superintendent of public instruction District establishment of traffic education program District traffic education fund Program Requirements Student Enrollment

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: January 20, 2009 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21 *Geographic boundaries include the districts of Craig and Wolf Creek, which have been agreements with C.P.S.


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Gifted Program To the extent possible with available resources, all gifted and talented students will have the opportunity to participate in appropriate educational programs. “Gifted and talented students” are students of outstanding abilities, who are capable of high performance and who require differentiated educational programs beyond those normally offered in public schools, in order to fully achieve their potential contribution to self and society. The District shall: 1. Provide educational services to gifted and talented students that are commensurate to their needs, and foster a positive self-image. 2. Comply with all federal and state laws and regulations regarding addressing gifted education. 3. Provide structured support and assistance to teachers in identifying and meeting the diverse student needs of gifted and talented students, and shall provide a framework for considering a full range of alternatives for addressing student needs. The Superintendent will establish procedures consistent with state guidelines for nominating, assessing, and selecting children of demonstrated achievement, or potential ability in terms of general intellectual ability and academic aptitude.

Legal References:

§§ 20-7-901 - 904, MCA 10.55.804, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: October 25, 2016 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016 Revised on: October 25, 2016

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Correspondence Courses The District will permit a student to enroll in an approved correspondence course from a school approved by the National University Extension Association or the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, in order that such student may include a greater variety of learning experiences within the student’s educational program. Credit for correspondence courses may be granted, provided the following requirements are met: 1.

Prior permission has been granted by the principal;

2.

The program fits the education plan submitted by the regularly enrolled student;

3.

Credit is granted for the following approved schools: a.

Schools approved by the National University Extension Association or through one of the schools approved by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission;

b.

Community colleges, vocational-technical institutes, four-(4)-year colleges and universities and state-approved private schools in the state of Montana; and

c.

Other schools or institutions which are approved by the District after evaluation for a particular course offering.

The District shall not be obligated to pay for a student’s correspondence courses unless otherwise specified in Policy 2170. Any courses the District does not pay for will not be included in the ANB calculation in accordance with Policy 3121. No correspondence courses are allowed that serve to supplant required coursework in grades 9-12. Cross Reference:

2410 and 2410P 3121

Legal Reference:

§ 20-7-116, MCA ARM 10.55.906 § 20-9-311, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:12/5/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 11/20/07, 7/16/19, 10/19/21

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High School Graduation Requirements Enrollment and Attendance Supervised correspondence study High School Credit Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) -- three-year averaging.


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Distance, Online, and Technology-Delivered Learning For purposes of this policy, “distance learning” is defined as: instruction in which students and teachers are separated by time and/or location with synchronous or asynchronous content, instruction, and communication between student and teacher (e.g., correspondence courses, online learning, videoconferencing, streaming video). The District may receive and/or provide distance, online, and technology-delivered learning programs, provided the following requirements are met: 1.

The distance, online, and technology-delivered learning programs and/or courses shall meet the learner expectations adopted by the District and be aligned with state content and performance standards;

2.

The District shall provide a report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, documenting how it is meeting the needs of students under the accreditation standards, who are taking a majority of courses during each grading period via distance, online, and/ or technology-delivered programs;

3.

The District will provide qualified instructors and/or facilitators as described in ARM 10.55.907(3)(a)(b)(c);

4.

The District will ensure that the distance, online, and technology-delivered learning facilitators receive in-service training on technology-delivered instruction as described in ARM 10.55.907(3)(d); and

5.

The District will comply with all other standards as described in ARM 10.55.907(4)(5)(ae).

The District will permit a student to enroll in an approved distance learning course, in order that such student may include a greater variety of learning experiences within the student’s educational program. Credit for distance learning courses may be granted, provided the following requirements are met: 1.

Prior permission has been granted by the principal;

2.

The program fits the education plan submitted by the regularly enrolled student;

3.

The course does not replace a required course offered by the District;

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The course is needed as credit retrieval and cannot fit into the student’s schedule; and

5.

Credit is granted for schools and institutions approved by the District after evaluation for a particular course offering.

The District will not be obligated to pay for a student’s distance learning courses unless otherwise specified in Policy 2170. Any courses the District does not pay for will not be included in the ANB calculation in accordance with Policy 3121. The minimum aggregate hours are not required for any pupil demonstrating proficiency pursuant to 20-9-311(4)(d), MCA. Cross Reference:

2170 2410 and 2410P 2100 3121

Legal Reference:

§ 20-9-311(4)(d), MCA Calculation of Average Number Belonging ARM 10.55.705 Administrative Personnel; Assignment of School Administrators/Principals ARM 10.55.906 High School Credit ARM 10.55.907 Distance, Online, and Technology Delivered Learning

Policy History: Adopted on: 6/21/11 Reviewed on: 12/5/16, 9/2/21, 10/5/21 Revised on: 7/16/19, 9/14/21, 10/19/21

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Digital Academy Classes The District recognizes that the District and students may have a need for greater flexibility in the educational program due to funding, teacher availability, individual learning styles, health conditions, employment responsibilities, lack of success in traditional school environments or a desire for students to accelerate their learning and work at the college level before leaving high school. The District acknowledges that online learning solutions offered by the Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) may fulfill these needs. MTDA is authorized by Montana law to charge fees for students to access offered courses. The District shall pay fees for students enrolled in an MTDA class that is required for graduation as specified in District policy or the student handbook or as determined by the Superintendent or designee. The District may charge students a reasonable fee for an MTDA course or activity not required for graduation. The Board of Trustees authorizes the Superintendent to waive the fee in cases of financial hardship. The Superintendent, and/or designees, shall be responsible for developing procedures for the online learning program that address related topics that may include but are not limited to specification and determination of graduation requirements and fee collection for classes that are not required. Further, the online learning solutions providers ensure that: A. B. C. D. E.

Online course providers are accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation program or agency or are approved and endorsed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Qualified district staff provides information and guidance to students and parents regarding the selection of appropriate online courses to meet their needs, as well as a suitable number of online courses in which a student may enroll. The curriculum requirements of the state and school district are met. All online courses taken by the students will be approved by the administration in advance of enrollment. All teacher-led online courses include licensed, highly qualified teachers.

Cross Reference:

2100 2170P 3520

School Calendar and Day Digital Academy Procedures Student Fees and Fines

Legal Reference:

§20-7-1201, MCA §20-7-1202, MCA §20-9-213, MCA

Montana digital academy – purposes - governance Funding – rulemaking authority Fees

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Digital Academy Classes The District will permit a student to enroll in Montana Digital Academy (MDA) classes in order that such student may include a greater variety of learning experiences within the student’s educational program or enroll in a class for credit recovery. The District will allow students in grades 9-12 to enroll in the Montana Digital Academy program under the following conditions: 1. The student must be an enrolled student in the District. 2. A part-time student must be enrolled for a minimum of 180 aggregate hours of instruction as provided in 20-9-311(4)(a)(i). This can be an onsite or an MTDA class. 3. Determination of Montana High School Association (MHSA) eligibility will be based on eligibility rules established by MHSA. Students who wish to take MTDA classes and participate in MHSA activities must follow all extra-curricular eligibility rules. 4. The student will have the option of taking the MTDA class(es) in the school building, during school time, or outside of the school building at a remote location, depending how and when such MTDA class(es) is/are offered. 5. Any MTDA course offered may be made available to a student in the discretion of the Superintendent or designee and all courses offered by MTDA shall be considered approved by the Board of Trustees for the applicable school fiscal year. 6. The District shall pay fees for students enrolled in an MTDA class that required for graduation as specified in District policy or the student handbook or as determined by the Superintendent or designee. Classes defined as being required for graduation include classes taken for purposes of credit recovery. Classes defined as being required for graduation do not include classes offered by the District onsite as determined by the Superintendent or designee and will therefore be considered an elective class, subject to a student fee as referenced in this policy. 7. The District shall charge students a reasonable fee for an elective MTDA course or activity not required for graduation. The Board of Trustees authorizes the Superintendent to waive the fee in cases of financial hardship. Policy History: Adopted on: June 21, 2011 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: July 21, 2021

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Cascade School District R 2171

INSTRUCTION Significant Writing Program

The Board of Trustees has determined that incorporating an independent significant writing program in the District is not possible given the financial status of the district, the number of staff employed, and the time available within the class schedule. Writing will be incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum. Legal References:

10.55.701(2) (p) ARM 10.55.713 (4) ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: March 18, 2014 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

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School Emergencies and Closures The Superintendent may order closure of schools in the event of extreme weather or other emergency, in compliance with established procedures for notifying parents, students, and staff. The Board of Trustees is authorized to declare that a state of emergency exists within the community. A declaration issued by the Board of Trustees is distinct from any declaration in effect or previously issued by local, state or federal authorities. An emergency declaration issued by the Board of Trustees authorizes the School District to take extraordinary measures to protect students and staff while delivering education services in a manner authorized by law. The method and location of instruction and related educational services shall be implemented in a manner that serves the needs of students, their families, and staff and preserves the School District’s full entitlement of funding. The trustees may order the emergency closure of schools for one (1) school day each year, without the need to reschedule the lost pupil instruction time when the closure is the result of an emergency. The 1-school-day closure under this subsection is not subject to the reduction in BASE aid pursuant to Section 20-9-805, MCA. In the event of a declared emergency, the School District shall avail itself of all flexibilities allowed by law, rule, or regulation and shall be otherwise governed by the school finance laws and rules of the state of Montana. The School District shall comply with auditing requirements and reserves the authority to assert its rights to manage school district funds or seek state and federal funds in a manner consistent with the full flexibility available under all applicable laws. If a declaration of emergency is declared by the Board of Trustees, it may later adopt a resolution that a reasonable effort has been made to reschedule the pupil-instruction time lost because of the unforeseen emergency. If the trustees adopt the resolution, the pupil-instruction time lost during the closure need not be rescheduled to meet the minimum requirement for aggregate hours that a school district must conduct during the school year in order to be entitled to full BASE aid. At least 75% of the pupil-instruction time lost due to the unforeseen emergency must have been made up before the trustees can declare that a reasonable effort has been made. For the purposes of this and related policies, "reasonable effort" means the rescheduling or extension of the school district's instructional calendar to make up at least 75% of the hours of pupil instruction lost due to an unforeseen emergency through any combination of the following as outlined in accordance with Policies 2050 and 2100: (a) extending the school year beyond the last scheduled day; (b) the use of scheduled vacation days in the district's adopted school calendar (c) the conduct of pupil instruction on Saturdays; (d) extending instructional hours during the school day.


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2221 Page 2 of 2 Cross Reference:

2100 2050 8110

School Calendar and Day Student Instruction Bus Routes and Schedules

Legal Reference:

Section 20-9-801-802, MCA Emergency School Closure Section 20-9-806, MCA School closure by declaration of emergency Section 20-9-805, MCA Rate of reduction in annual apportionment entitlement.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: August 15, 2006, May 18, 2021, 9/2/21 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016


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School Closure Procedure Note: this is an optional procedure that should be customized to meet a districts’ specific needs, structure, and operations. These changes reflect updates to the MTBSA model document. All students, parents, and school employees should assume that school will be in session and buses running as scheduled, unless there is official notification from the Superintendent to the contrary. Such notice will be given via public media. In the event extremely cold temperatures, wind chill factors, snow, wind, community disaster, public health emergency, or other circumstances require a modification of the normal routine, the Superintendent will make the modification decision prior to 6:00 a.m. and contact the public radio stations for broadcast to the community and will initiate the emergency fan-out communication procedure to all administrators. The provisions of this procedure may be terminated, amended, or adjusted, by the Board of Trustees in the event of circumstances requiring extended school closure due to a declaration of emergency. Work Schedules and Responsibilities for School Closures Superintendent The Superintendent or Board of Trustees has authority to close schools. The Superintendent will be on duty throughout any existing or potential emergency situation, day or night. All orders of doubtful origin should be confirmed with the Superintendent. Central Administrative Personnel Central administrative personnel will be expected to report for duty on their assigned shifts in the event of any school closure, insofar as is safely possible, unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent or designee. Additional hours may be required, especially of the maintenance supervisor, business manager, and personnel director, depending on the nature of the emergency. Building-Level Administrators, Non-Teaching “Exempt” Personnel, and Identified Support Staff All building-level administrators and non-teaching “exempt” personnel will report for duty per their normal shifts or as otherwise directed each day during the school closure, together with the head custodian and at least one (1) secretary, insofar as is safely possible. The building

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2221P page 2 of 2 administrator will ascertain that the building has been adequately secured and that any child who mistakenly reports to school is properly and safely cared for and returned home per District policy. The administrator and this minimal support staff shall notify other staff and/or other support employees of the situation and will respond to telephone questions. Staff will be advised of schedule for the day by immediate supervisor. 12-Month Classified Employees In the event of school closure, 12-month classified personnel may report for duty or not report for duty, as directed by their immediate supervisor. Building secretaries and secretaries to key central administrative personnel who are required to be on duty are expected to report for duty. If a 12-month classified employee is unable to or does not report for duty, the employee will complete a leave request form to declare the day as personal leave, vacation, or leave without pay. 10- and 11-Month Classified Employees Ten- and 11-month employees may report for duty or not report for duty as directed by their immediate supervisor. If such employees do not report for duty, they will complete a District leave request form to declare the day as personal leave, vacation, or leave without pay. Aides, Food Service Workers, and Other 9¼-Month Classified Employees These employees work only those days school is in session and are not expected to work when school is not in session. If school has been closed, 9¼-month employees should not report for duty unless otherwise directed by their immediate supervisor. 9¼-month employees will complete a leave request form to declare the day as personal leave, vacation, or leave without pay. Teachers (Teachers, Librarians, Psychologists, Counselors) If schools are closed for weather or other emergency conditions, teachers are not expected to report for duty unless directed otherwise. Teachers do not need to submit an absence form. In cases of school closures, it is customary for the days to be made up at another time; thus teachers will typically still fulfill their contract days. Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/5/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 8/15/06, 11/10/07, 11/16/21

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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

2240

Summer School The Board of Trustees authorizes a summer program of instructional offerings for the purpose of remediation of credit, maintenance of skills, and enrichment. All classes offered for credit must meet minimum state requirements for accreditation and may be delivered at the school or at another offsite location. Remediation credit courses shall be offered for grades 9-12, in accordance with District advancement requirements. Credit course offerings must be approved by the Board of Trustees.

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:12/5/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/19/21

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Cascade School District R 2250

INSTRUCTION Community and Adult Education

Efforts will be made to maximize the use of public school facilities and resources, realizing that education is a lifelong process involving the whole community. The District may make its resources available to adults and other non-students, within limits of budget, staff, and facilities, provided there is no interference with or impairment of the regular school program. Community and adult education and other offerings may be developed in cooperation with community representatives, subject to approval and authorization by the Superintendent. Legal Reference:

§ 20-7-703, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 5, 2016, 9/2/21

Trustees’ policies for adult education


Cascade School District R 2309

INSTRUCTION Library Materials

School library and classroom library books are primarily for use by District students and staff. Library books may be checked out by either students or staff. Individuals who check out books are responsible for the care and timely return of those materials. The building principal may assess fines for damaged or unreturned books. District residents and parents or guardians of non-resident students attending the District may be allowed use of library books, at the discretion of the building principal. However, such access shall not interfere with regular school use of those books. Use of library books outside of the District is prohibited except for inter-library loan agreements with other libraries. Any individual may challenge the selection of materials for the library/media center. The Uniform Complaint Procedure will be utilized to determine if challenged material is properly located in the library.

Cross Reference:

1700 2314

Uniform Complaint Procedure Learning Materials Review

Legal Reference:

§ 20-4-402(5), MCA Duties of district superintendent or county high school principal § 20-7-203, MCA Trustees’ policies for school library § 20-7-204, MCA School library book selection

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: November 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


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Selection of Library Materials The District has libraries in every school with the primary objective of implementing and supporting the educational program in the schools. It is the objective of these libraries to provide a wide range of materials on all appropriate levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal and the presentation of different points of view. The provision of a wide variety of library materials at all reading levels supports the District's basic principle that the school in a free society assists all students to develop their talents fully so that they become capable of contributing to the further good of that society. In support of these objectives, the Board reaffirms the principles of intellectual freedom inherent in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and expressed in the School Library Bill of Rights, endorsed by the American Association of School Librarians in 1969. Although the Superintendent is responsible for selection of library materials, ultimate responsibility rests with the Board. The Board, acting through the Superintendent, thereby delegates the authority for the selection of library materials to the principal in each of the schools. The principal further delegates that authority to the librarian in the school. (NOTE: BY STATUTE, THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS AUTHORITY AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SELECTION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS, SUBJECT TO BOARD APPROVAL. THE SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD MAY NOT WANT TO DELEGATE THIS RESPONSIBILITY.)

Legal reference:

§ 20-4-402(5), MCA Duties of district superintendent or high school principal § 20-7-203, MCA Trustees’ policies for school library § 20-7-404, MCA School library book selection

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 18, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District R 2310P

INSTRUCTION Selection of Library Materials Selection of library materials is a professional task conducted by library staff. In selecting library materials, the librarian will evaluate the existing collection; assess curricula needs; examine materials; and consult reputable, professionally prepared selection aids. Weeding

When materials no longer meet criteria for selection, they will be weeded. Weeding is a necessary aspect of selection, since every library will contain works which may have answered a need at the time of acquisition, but which, with the passage of time, have become obsolete, dated, unappealing, or worn out. Discarded materials will be clearly stamped: “WITHDRAWAL FROM CASCADE PUBLIC SCHOOL LIBRARY” Materials will be discarded in compliance with § 20-6-604, MCA. When the decision to sell or dispose of library materials is made, the Board will adopt a resolution to sell or otherwise dispose of the material because it is or is about to become abandoned, obsolete, undesirable, or unsuitable for the school purposes of the District. The Board will publish a notice of the resolution in the newspaper of general circulation in Cascade. The resolution may not become effective for fourteen (14) days after notice is published. Gifts Gift materials may be accepted with the understanding they must meet criteria set for book selection.

Procedure History: Promulgated on: Revised on: Reviewed on:

May 15, 2001 December 18, 2007 December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


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Instructional Materials The Board is legally responsible to approve and to provide the necessary instructional materials used in the District. Textbooks and instructional materials should provide quality learning experiences for students and: • • • • • •

Enrich and support the curriculum; Stimulate growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic value, and ethical standards; Provide background information to enable students to make intelligent judgments; Present opposing sides of controversial issues; Be representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage; Depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of American society.

Basic instructional course material in the fundamental skill areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies should be reviewed at intervals not exceeding five (5) years, or consistent with the state’s standards revision schedule that are consistent with the goals of the continuous school improvement plan. All instructional materials must be sequential and must be compatible with previous and future offerings. Instructional materials may be made available for loan to students when the best interest of the District and student will be served by such a decision. Students will not be charged for normal wear. They will be charged replacement cost, however, as well as for excessive wear, unreasonable damage, or lost materials. The professional staff will maintain records necessary for the proper accounting of all instructional materials.

Cross Reference:

2314

Learning Materials Review

Legal Reference:

§ 20-4-402, MCA § 20-7-601, MCA § 20-7-602, MCA 10.55.603(4)(b), ARM

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R 2311P

Selection, Adoption and Removal of Textbooks and Instructional Materials Curriculum committees will generally be responsible to recommend textbooks and major instructional materials purchases. Recommendations will be made to the Superintendent. The function of the committee is to ensure that materials are selected in conformance with stated criteria and established district goals and objectives. A curriculum committee may consist of only those members in a particular department. The same basic selection procedures should be followed as with district-wide committees. Selection and Adoption Textbooks shall be selected by a curriculum committee representing the various staff who will likely be using the text. In most, but not all cases, an administrator will chair the committee. Each committee should develop, prior to selection, a set of selection criteria against which textbooks will be evaluated. The criteria should include the following along with other appropriate criteria. Textbooks shall: • • • • • •

be congruent with identified instructional objectives; present more than one viewpoint on controversial issues; present minorities realistically; present non-stereotypic models; facilitate the sharing of cultural differences; be priced appropriately.

Removal Textbooks may be removed when they no longer meet the criteria for initial selection, when they are worn out, or when they have been judged inappropriate through the learning materials review process.

Procedure History: Promulgated on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 18, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District R 2312

INSTRUCTION Copyright

The District recognizes that federal law makes it illegal to duplicate copyrighted materials without authorization of the holder of the copyright, except for certain exempt purposes. Severe penalties may be imposed for unauthorized copying or using of audio, visual or printed materials and computer software, unless the copying or using conforms to the “fair use” doctrine. Under the “fair use” doctrine, unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted materials is permissible for such purposes as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research. Under the fair use doctrine, each of the following four standards must be met in order to use the copyrighted document: • Purpose and Character of the Use – The use must be for such purposes as teaching or scholarship. • Nature of the Copyrighted Work – The type of work to be copied. • Amount and Substantiality of the Portion Used – Copying the whole of a work cannot be considered fair use; copying a small portion may be if these guidelines are followed. • Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market for or value of the Copyrighted Work – If resulting economic loss to the copyright holder can be shown, even making a single copy of certain materials may be an infringement, and making multiple copies presents the danger of greater penalties. While the District encourages its staff to enrich the learning programs by making proper use of supplementary materials, it is the responsibility of District staff to abide by the District’s copying procedures and obey the requirements of the law. Under no circumstances shall it be necessary for District staff to violate copyright requirements in order to perform their duties properly. The District cannot be responsible for any violations of the copyright law by its staff. Any staff member who is uncertain as to whether reproducing or using copyrighted material complies with the District’s procedures or is permissible under the law should contact the Superintendent. The Superintendent will assist staff in obtaining proper authorization to copy or use protected materials when such authorization is required.

Legal Reference:

17 USC 101 to 1010 Federal Copyright Law of 1976.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: October 16, 2012 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


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Learning Materials Review Citizens objecting to specific materials used in the District are encouraged to submit a complaint in writing using the Uniform Complaint Procedure (Policy 1700) and discuss the complaint with the building principal prior to pursuing a formal complaint. Learning materials, for the purposes of this policy, are considered to be any material used in classroom instruction, library materials, or any materials to which a teacher might refer a student as part of the course of instruction.

Cross Reference:

1700

Uniform Complaint Procedure

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: December 18, 2007, 9/14/21

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Field Trips, Excursions, and Outdoor Education The Board recognizes that field trips, when used as a device for teaching and learning integral to the curriculum, are an educationally sound and important ingredient in the instructional program of the schools. Such trips can supplement and enrich classroom procedures by providing learning experiences in an environment beyond the classroom. The Board also recognizes that field trips may result in lost learning opportunities in missed classes. Therefore, the Board endorses the use of field trips, when educational objectives achieved by the trip outweigh any lost in-class learning opportunities. Field trips that will take students out of state must be approved in advance by the Board; building principals may approve all other field trips. Building principals will develop procedures with respect to field trips, excursions, and outdoor education. Staff members may not solicit students during instructional time for any privately arranged field trip or excursion without Board permission. The presence of a person with a currently valid first aid card is required during school-sponsored activities, including field trips, athletic, and other off-campus events.

Legal Reference:

ARM 37.111.825

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/16/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 3/20/07, 10/19/21

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Health Supervision and Maintenance


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2322

Contests for Students Contests may be made available to students by outside organizations through the schools, subject to certain limitations. The Administrator shall determine that the contest is not in conflict with nor will it diminish the primary educational aims of the schools and that it meets the needs and interests of students. The schools shall confine their participation to those national contests which are currently placed on the approved list published annually by the Committee on National Contests and activities of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. A state or local contest in which students participate shall be: 1.

One that supplements and does not interfere with the regular school program.

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One that is beneficial to youth in education, civic, social or ethical development.

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One that makes it possible for individual students to work out contributions by their own efforts and does not invite dishonest collaboration.

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One whose subject is not commercial, controversial, sectarian or concerned with propaganda. It must emphasize high moral standards, good citizenship and intellectual competence.

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One from which no contestant shall be excluded because of race, color, creed, sex or payment of entry fee.

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One which does not place an undue burden on students, teachers or the school, nor requires frequent or lengthy absence of participants from the school.

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One sponsored by an organization engaged in a creditable or acceptable enterprise regardless of kind or amount of prizes offered. The contest or activity must not be used as a “front” for advertising a company name or product.

Contests will not be allowed unless they further the educational goals of the District.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District R 2330

INSTRUCTION Controversial Issues and Academic Freedom

The District will offer courses of study which will afford learning experiences appropriate to the level of student understanding. The instructional program shall respect the right of students to face issues, to have free access to information, to study under teachers in situations free from prejudice, and to form, hold, and express their own opinions without personal prejudice or discrimination. Teachers will guide discussions and procedures with thoroughness and objectivity to acquaint students with the need to recognize opposing viewpoints, importance of fact, value of good judgment, and the virtue of respect for conflicting opinions. The Board encourages and supports the concept of academic freedom, recognizing it as a necessary condition to aid in maintaining an environment conducive to learning and the free exchange of ideas and information. In the study or discussion of controversial issues or materials, however, the Board directs the teaching staff to take into account the following criteria: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Relative maturity of students; District philosophy of education; Community standards, morals and values; necessity for a balanced presentation; and necessity to seek administrative counsel and guidance in such matters.

Legal Reference:

Article X, Sec.8, Montana Constitution § 20-3-324(16) and (17), MCA Powers and duties

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 18, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


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Cascade Public Schools INSTRUCTION

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Religion and Religious Activities In keeping with the United States and Montana Constitutions and judicial decisions, the District may not support any religion or endorse religious activity. At the same time, the District may not prohibit private religious expression by students. This policy provides direction to students and staff members about the application of these principles to student religious activity at school. Student Prayer and Discussion Students may pray individually or in groups and may discuss their religious views with other students, as long as they are not disruptive or coercive. The right to engage in voluntary prayer does not include the right to have a captive audience listen, to harass other students, or to force them to participate. Students may pray silently in the classroom, except when they are expected to be involved in classroom instruction or activities. Staff Members Staff members are representatives of the District and must “navigate the narrow channel between impairing intellectual inquiry and propagating a religious creed.” They may not encourage, discourage, persuade, dissuade, sponsor, participate in, or discriminate against a religious activity or an activity because of its religious content. They must remain officially neutral toward religious expression. Graduation Ceremonies Graduation is an important event for students and their families. In order to assure the appropriateness and dignity of the occasion, the District sponsors and pays for graduation ceremonies and retains ultimate control over their structure and content. District officials may not invite or permit members of the clergy to give prayers at graduation. Furthermore, District officials may not organize or agree to requests for prayer by other persons at graduation, including requests by students to open or deliver a prayer at graduation. The District may not prefer the beliefs of some students over the beliefs of others, coerce dissenters or nonbelievers, or communicate any endorsement of religion. Baccalaureate Ceremonies Students and their families may organize baccalaureate services, at which attendance must be entirely voluntary. Organizers of baccalaureate services may rent and have access to school facilities on the same basis as other private groups and may not receive preferential treatment. The District may not be identified as sponsoring or endorsing baccalaureate services. District funds, including paid staff time, may not be used directly or indirectly to support or subsidize © MTSBA 2021


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2332 page 2 of 3 any religious services. Assemblies, Extracurricular and Athletic Events District officials may not invite or permit members of the clergy, staff members, or outsiders to give prayers at school-sponsored assemblies and extracurricular or athletic events. District officials also may not organize or agree to student requests for prayer at assemblies and other school-sponsored events. Furthermore, prayer may not be broadcast over the school public address system, even if the prayer is nonsectarian, nonproselytizing, and initiated by students. Student Religious Expression and Assignments Students may express their individual religious beliefs in reports, tests, homework, and projects. Staff members should judge their work by ordinary academic standards, including substance, relevance, appearance, composition, and grammar. Student religious expression should neither be favored nor penalized. Religion in the Curriculum Staff members may teach students about religion in history, art, music, literature, and other subjects in which religious influence has been and continues to be felt. However, staff members may not teach religion or advocate religious doctrine or practice. The prohibition against teaching religion extends to curricular decisions which promote religion or religious beliefs. School programs, performances, and celebrations must serve an educational purpose. The inclusion of religious music, symbols, art, or writings is permitted, if the religious content has a historical or independent educational purpose which contributes to the objectives of the approved curriculum. School programs, performances, and celebrations cannot promote, encourage, discourage, persuade, dissuade, or discriminate against a religion or religious activity and cannot be oriented to religion or a religious holiday. Student Religious Groups Students may gather as non-curricular groups to discuss or promote religion in accordance with District Policy 3233. Distribution of Religious Literature Students may distribute religious literature to their classmates, subject to the same constitutionally acceptable restrictions the District imposes on distribution of other non-school literature. Outsiders may not distribute religious or other literature to students on school property, consistent with and pursuant to the District policy on solicitations (Policy 4321).

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2332 page 3 of 3 Religious Holidays Staff members may teach objectively about religious holidays and about religious symbols, music, art, literature, and drama which accompany the holidays. They may celebrate the historical aspects of the holidays but may not observe them as religious events. Cross Reference:

Policy 3550 – Student Clubs Policy 3233 - Student Use of Buildings Policy 3510 - School Sponsored Activities

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: September 10, 2012, December 16, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: December 18, 2007, September 10, 2012, July 21, 2021

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Cascade School District R 2333

INSTRUCTION Participation in Commencement Exercises Statement of Policy

A student’s right to participate in a commencement exercise of the graduating class at Cascade High School is an honor. As such, participation in this ceremony is reserved for those members of the graduating class who have completed all of the state and local requirements for graduation before the date of the ceremony. Students who complete their requirements after the date of commencement exercises will receive their diplomas at that time. Organization and Content of Commencement Exercises The school district will permit students to honor their American Indian heritage through the display of culturally significant tribal regalia at commencement ceremonies. Any item that promotes drug use, weapon use, threats of violence, sexual harassment, bullying, or other intimidation, or violates another district policy, state, or federal law may not be worn during graduation. The school administration may invite graduating students to participate in high school graduation exercises according to academic class standing or class officer status. Any student who, because of academic class standing, is requested to participate may choose to decline the invitation. The school administrators shall not censor any presentation or require any content but may advise the participants about appropriate language for the audience and occasion. Students selected to participate may choose to deliver an address, poem, reading, song, musical presentation, prayer, or any other pronouncement of their choosing. The printed program for the commencement exercises shall include the following paragraphs: Any presentation by participants of graduation exercises is the private expression of the individual participants and does not necessarily reflect any official position of the District, its Board, administration, or employees, nor does it necessarily indicate the views of any other graduates. The Board recognizes that at graduation time and throughout the course of the educational process, there will be instances when religious values, religious practices, and religious persons will have some interaction with the public schools and students. The Board, while not endorsing any religion, but recognizes the rights of individuals to have the freedom to express their individual political, social, or religious views, for this is the essence of education. Legal Reference:

Art. II, Sec. 5, Montana Constitution - Freedom of religion Art. X, Sec. 1(2), Montana Constitution – Educational Goals and Duties Art. X, Sec. 7, Montana Constitution - Nondiscrimination in education § 20-5-201(3), MCA Duties and Sanctions § 20-1-308, MCA Religious instruction released time program § 20-7-112, MCA Sectarian publications prohibited and prayer permitted

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: December 18, 2007, 01/20/2009, 10/17/17


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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Release Time for Religious Instruction The District may provide for a religious instruction released time program, under which a student may be released, on written request of a parent(s) or guardian(s), except that no such program will take place in public school property. Such release will not adversely affect a student’s attendance.

Legal Reference:

Art. II, Sec. 5, Montana Constitution - Freedom of religion Art. X, Sec. 7, Montana Constitution - Nondiscrimination in education § 20-1-308, MCA Religious instruction released time program

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/16/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 1/15/08, 10/19/21

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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

2335

Health Enhancement Health, family life and sex education, including information about parts of the body, reproduction and related topics, shall be included in the instructional program as appropriate to the grade level and course of study. The instructional approach shall be developed after consultation with parents and other community representatives. Parents may ask to review the materials to be used and may request that their child be excluded from sex education class sessions without prejudice. The Board believes that HIV/AIDS and other STD/STI instruction is most effective when integrated into a comprehensive health education program. Instruction shall be developmentally appropriate to the grade level of the students and shall occur in a systematic manner. The Board particularly desires that students receive proper education about HIV and other STD/STI’s before they reach the age when they may adopt behaviors which put them at risk of contracting the disease. In order for education about HIV and other STD/STI’s to be most effective, the Superintendent shall require that faculty members who present this instruction receive continuing in-service training which includes appropriate teaching strategies and techniques. Other staff members not involved in direct instruction but who have contact with students shall receive basic information about HIV/AIDS and other STD/STI’s instruction in the use of universal precautions when dealing with body fluids. In accordance with Board policy, parents shall have an opportunity to review the HIV/STD/STI education program before it is presented to students.

Legal Reference:

§ 50-16-1001, et seq., MCA AIDS Education and Prevention (AIDS Prevention Act)

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: September 10, 2012 Revised on: March 20, 2007 Revised on: September 10, 2012 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Advancement Requirements (9-12) The District has established a set of advancement requirements for 9-12 grade students which will act as a guide in helping students move methodically and purposefully on a course that will eventually lead to high school graduation. Therefore, the following advancement requirements are required in the District: 1.

To advance to the 10th grade, students must earn at least three (3) units of credit in 9th grade, two (2) of which must be in English, math or science.

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Failure to pass a 9th grade English, math or science class shall necessitate the failed course being retaken in the 9th grade even though the student may have earned enough credit to advance to the 10th grade.

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Students who have failed one or more 9th grade courses may get credit for that course by retaking it during the summer.

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A student who is retained in the 9th grade would normally have to repeat all classes. However, the junior and senior high principals may, through a joint agreement, allow the student to take one or more advanced courses. In the event that the principals of the junior and senior high do not agree on allowing a student to take advanced courses, the decision will be appealed to the Superintendent.

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Students may be retained at each grade level if the following year requirements are not met by August 30: A minimum of three (3) units is required for advancement into the 10th grade. A minimum of nine (9) units is required for advancement into the 11th grade. A minimum of fifteen (15) units is required for advancement into the 12th grade.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

2410

High School Graduation Requirements

The Board will award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in the District who meets graduation requirements established by the District. The official transcript will indicate the specific courses taken and level of achievement. The Board will establish graduation requirements which, at a minimum, satisfy those established by the Board of Public Education (A.R.M. 10.55.904 and 905). Generally, any change in graduation requirements promulgated by the Board will become effective for the next class to enter ninth (9th) grade. Exceptions to this general rule may be made, when it is determined by the Board that proposed changes in graduation requirements will not have a negative effect on students already in grades nine (9) through twelve (12). The Board will approve graduation requirements as recommended by the Superintendent. To graduate from Cascade High School, a student must have satisfactorily completed the last quarter prior to graduation as a Cascade High School student. Highly unusual exceptions may be considered by the principal, such as a student exchange program in a recognized school. A student with a disabling condition will satisfy those competency requirements incorporated into the individualized education program (IEP). Satisfactory completion of the objectives incorporated in the IEP will serve as the basis for determining completion of a course. A student may be denied participation in graduation ceremonies in accordance with 20-5-201(3), MCA. In such instances the diploma will be awarded after the official ceremony has been held.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-201, MCA § 20-3-322 (3), MCA 10.55.904, ARM 10.55.905, ARM 10.55.906, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/16/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 1/20/09, 10/19/21

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High School Graduation Requirements Publication of Graduation Requirements Prior to registering in high school, each student will be provided with a copy of the current graduation requirements. Graduation requirements shall also be included in the student handbook. Credits Students shall be expected to earn a total 24 units in order to complete graduation requirements. Special education students who have successfully completed their IEP leading to completion of high school will be awarded a diploma. Waiver of Requirement Graduation requirements generally will not be waived under any circumstances. The Board may waive specific course requirements based on individual student needs and performance levels. Waiver requests shall also be considered with respect to age, maturity, interest, and aspirations of the students and shall be in consultation with the parents or guardians. Alternative Programs A student may be given credit for a course satisfactorily completed in a period of time shorter or longer than normally required and, provided that the course meets the district's curriculum and assessment requirements, which are aligned with the content standards stated in the education program. Credit toward graduation requirements may be granted for planned learning experiences from accredited programs, such as summer school, university courses, and correspondence courses, extension, and distance learning courses, adult education, summer school, work study, work-based learning partnerships, and other experiential learning opportunities, custom-designed courses, and challenges to current courses. The District shall accept units of credit taken with the approval of the District and which appear on the student's official school transcript. Credit for work experience may be offered when the work program is a part of and supervised by the school. All classes attempted at Cascade High School and all acceptable transfer credits shall be recorded on the transcript. All grades earned, including failures and retakes, shall be recorded as such and utilized in the calculation of Grade Point Average and class rank. Credit shall be awarded only once regardless of repetition of the course. Dual Credit Dual credit allows high schools students to simultaneously earn credit toward both a high school


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2410P page 2 of 3 diploma and college coursework that can lead to a postsecondary degree or certificate, or toward transfer to another college. Dual credit class grades will be weighted, as determined by administration. The grades received from the college will be the grades posted to their high school transcript. The primary purpose of offering dual credit courses is to deliver high quality, introductory, college level courses to high-performing high school students. The Cascade School District will be offering dual credits through MSU College of Technology and the University of Great Falls. Students interested in dual credit opportunities must meet with their building administration to determine available options. Students should be aware of Montana High School Association on-campus attendance eligibility requirements for activity participation. Credit, books and lab fees are the student’s responsibilities. Honor Roll A student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 to be placed on the regular honor roll. Specific information regarding honors at graduation are included in the student handbook. Class Rank (Grade Point Average) Class Rank is compiled from semester grades. Courses not eligible for GPA are designated with an asterisk on the report card. Early Graduation In accordance with provisions of § 20-9-313, MCA, the Board hereby authorizes the high school principal to grant permission to students who have completed the minimum requirements for graduation after completion of the seventh (7th) semester. Post-Graduation The Board may admit an individual who has graduated from high school but is not yet 19 years of age even though no special circumstances exist for waiver of the age requirements outlined in Policy 3310. The Board authorizes the administration to notify parents and students of this opportunity to enroll after earning a diploma or purposes post-secondary or career preparation. Any student enrolled under this provision shall be included in the District’s ANB calculation. Educational Disruption If a student who has experienced an educational disruption meets the minimum high school credit requirement for graduation as established by administrative rules of the Board of Public


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2410P page 3 of 3 Education but will not meet a higher credit requirement established by Board of Trustees, the District shall award the student a diploma. The District may distinguish the diploma in a reasonable manner from standard diplomas issued under this policy. For the purposes of this policy, "educational disruption" means a disruption experienced during grades nine through twelve caused by homelessness, involvement in the child welfare system or juvenile justice system, a medical or mental health crisis, or another event considered a qualifying educational disruption by the District. Cross Reference:

Policy 1005FE Policy 2600 Policy 3125

Legal Reference: § 20-9-313, MCA belonging may be increased

Proficiency Based Learning Work Based Learning Homeless Students Circumstances under which regular average number

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10.55.906, ARM

High School Credit

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10.55.905, ARM

Graduation Requirements

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§ 10-1-1402, MCA

Montana Youth Challenge

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Chapter 80

2021 General Legislative Session

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HB 246

2021 General Legislative Session

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Procedure History: Promulgated on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 18, 2007 Revised on: September 17, 2013 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016 Reviewed on: March 28, 2018, 9/2/21 Revised on: May 18, 2021


Cascade School District Early Out Program

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The Early Out program is designed to allow qualifying senior students to either work or be dually enrolled in the university system. Application must be made on or before the first registration date in the fall. Program requirements are as follows: 1. Senior students only 2. Must have 2.0 GPA 3. Employment or dually enrolled in the COT/University – If a student is working, will enroll in the Jobs for Montana Graduates and School to Work program. If a student is dually enrolled/employed, proper documentation must be provided to the school before permission is given. 4. Parent permission, if less than 18 years of age. 5. Leave after 6th period (missing 6th & 7th periods) or arrive for 3rd period (missing 1st & 2nd periods) 6. Can continue to participate in sports 7. If a student loses employment or does not attend the university, they will be reenrolled in high school classes. 8. Parents incur all expenses as well as responsibility for transportation to and from employment or college. 9. Those students choosing the work option must show documentation of weekly hours worked verified by employer. Dual enrollment: This program allows students to obtain high school credit as well as college credit. This program would dictate that we possibly accept more than 2 credits from outside sources such as summer school, correspondence, on-line courses, night school, and university credits. Policy History: Adopted on: July 20, 2004 Revised on: October 16, 2012 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Credit Transfer/Assessment for Placement Grades 9-12 Requests for transfer of credit and/or grade placement from any non-accredited, non-public school shall be subject to examination and approval before being accepted by the District. This shall be done by the school counselor and/or principal or, in the case of home schools, by a credit evaluation committee consisting of a counselor, a staff member from each subject area in which credit is being requested, and the school principal. The credit evaluation committee will: (1)

document that the student has spent approximately the same number of classroom hours in the home school as would have been spent in a regular class in the District;

(2)

document that a student followed a curriculum which is essentially similar to that of a course for which credit is requested;

(3)

document that in the event of a credit request in a lab, industrial arts or music course, the equipment and facilities were sufficient to meet the required learning activities of the course;

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require that the student has satisfactorily passed in all courses where a final exam in normally given, a final exam which was prepared and administered by a staff member in the District.

The District will give credit only for home schools which have met all requirements as specified in Montana law. Credit from home schools will only be accepted when a like course is offered in the District. The school transcript will record courses taken in home schools or non-accredited schools by indicating the title of the course, the school where the course was taken, and the grade. For purposes of calculation of class rank, only those courses taken in an accredited school will be used. Grades 1-8 Requests from parents of students in non-accredited, non-public schools for placement in the District school system will be evaluated by an assessment for placement team. That team will consist of:


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the school principal; one (1) teacher of the grade in which the student is being considered for enrollment; one (1) counselor (grades 6-8 only) (OPTIONAL).

The assessment for placement team will cause the District adopted norm referenced test and/or the end of the year subject matter test to be administered and scored. The assessment for placement team will take into account the following in its recommendation for grade placement: 1.

documentation that the non-accredited, non-public school has provided a comparable number of hours as the child would have attended in a public or private school;

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that the child followed a similar curriculum as would have been provided in an accredited public or private school;

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that the result of the end of the year test indicates the student has mastered most prerequisite skills;

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that the child achieved an NCE score of 40 or above on the Standard Achievement Test.

Parents of students in elementary or high school home schools are encouraged to maintain a log which documents dates of instruction, content of instruction, amount of time spent on that instruction, scores on tests, and the grades in all activities. The District is not obligated to provide instructional materials for other public or private schools. If a parent or guardian of a child is not in agreement with the placement of the child, he/she request a hearing before the Board.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-110, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 18, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21

School district assessment for placement of a child who enrolls from a non-accredited, non-public school


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Grading and Progress Reports The Board believes cooperation of school and home is a vital ingredient in the growth and education of the student and recognizes the responsibility to keep parents informed of student welfare and progress in school. The issuance of grades and progress reports on a regular basis serves as the basis for continuous evaluation of student performance and for determining changes that should be made to effect improvement. These reports shall be designed to provide information helpful to the student, teacher, counselor and parent. The Board directs the Superintendent to establish a system of reporting student progress and will require all staff to comply with such a system as part of their teaching responsibility. Staff and parents will be involved.

Policy History: Adopted on: December 18, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Promotion/Retention The Board recognizes that students of the same age are at many intellectual and developmental levels and that these differences are a normal part of human development. Because of these differences, the administration and teaching staff are directed to make every effort to develop curricula and programs which meet the individual and unique needs of all students and allow them to remain with their age cohorts. It is the philosophy of the District that students thrive best when placed or promoted to grade levels with other students who have compatible age, physical, and social/emotional status. It is our philosophy to promote students who demonstrate effort within those compatibilities. It is equally our philosophy and practice to retain students who do not make a reasonable effort to meet grade level expectations, as long as those expectations are commensurate with the individual student’s ability and rate of learning. If a parent insists on the child being retained or promoted, a conditional promotion/retention will be made, and the child will be evaluated during the first grading period. If thereafter the District and the parents disagree as to the placement of the child, a notice will be placed in the child's file that the retention or promotion was a parent decision and not recommended by the school.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Homework Homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process when geared to the needs and abilities of students. Purposeful assignments not only enhance student achievement, but also develop self-discipline and associated good working habits. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized, must be viewed as purposeful to the students; and should be evaluated and returned to students in a timely manner. Teachers may give homework to students to aid in the student’s educational development. Homework should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience, and should not be assigned for disciplinary purposes.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: January 15, 2008 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

R 2450

Recognition of Native American Cultural Heritage The District recognizes the distinct and unique cultural heritage of Native Americans and is committed in the District’s educational goals to the preservation of such heritage. In furtherance of the District’s educational goals, the District is committed to: •

Working cooperatively with Montana Tribes in close proximity to the District, when providing instruction, when implementing educational goals or adopting rules relating to education of students in the District;

Periodically reviewing its curriculum to ensure the inclusion of cultural heritage of Native Americans, which will include but not necessarily be limited to:

Considering methods by which to provide books and materials reflecting authentic historical and contemporary portrayals of Native Americans;

Taking into account individual and cultural diversity and differences among students;

Providing necessary training for school personnel, with the objective of gaining an understanding and awareness of Native American culture, which will assist the District’s staff in its relations with Native American students and parents.

The Board may require certified staff to satisfy the requirements for instruction in American Indian studies, set forth in § 20-1-503, MCA.

Legal Reference:

Art. X, Sec. 1(2), Montana Constitution §§ 20-1-501, et seq., MCA Recognition of American Indian cultural heritage - legislative intent 10.55.603 ARM Curriculum Development and Assessment 10.55.701 ARM Board of Trustees 10.55.803 ARM Learner Access

Policy History: Adopted on: March 20, 2007 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21


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English Language Learner Program In accordance with the Board’s philosophy to provide a quality educational program to all students, the District shall provide an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English. The purpose of the program is to increase the English proficiency of eligible students, so they can attain academic success. Students who are English Language Learners (ELL) will be identified, assessed, and provided appropriate services. The Board shall adopt a program of educational services for each student whose dominant language is not English. The program shall include bilingual/bicultural or English as a second language instruction. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall implement and supervise an ELL program which ensures appropriate ELL instruction and complies with applicable laws and regulations. The Superintendent or his/her designee, in conjunction with appropriate stakeholders, shall develop and disseminate written procedures regarding the ELL program, including: 1.

Program goals.

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Student enrollment procedures.

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Assessment procedures for program entrance, measurement of progress, and program exit.

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Classroom accommodations.

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Grading policies.

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List of resources, including support agencies and interpreters.

The District shall establish procedures for identifying students whose language is not English. For students whose dominant language is not English, assessment of the student’s English proficiency level must be completed to determine the need for English as a Second Language instruction. Students whose dominant language is not English should be enrolled in the District, upon proof of residency and other legal requirements. Students shall have access to and be encouraged to participate in all academic and extracurricular activities of the District. Students participating in ELL programs shall be required, with accommodations, to meet established academic standards and graduation requirements adopted by the Board. © MTSBA 2022


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2500 page 2 of 2 The ELL program shall be designed to provide instruction which meets each student’s individual needs based on the assessment of English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Adequate content-area support shall be provided while the student is learning English, to assure achievement of academic standards. The ELL program shall be evaluated for effectiveness as required, based on the attainment of English proficiency, and shall be revised when necessary. At the beginning of each school year, the District shall notify parents of students qualifying for ELL programs about the instructional program and parental options, as required by law. Parents will be regularly apprised of their student’s progress. Whenever possible, communications with parents shall be in the language understood by the parents. The District shall maintain an effective means of outreach to encourage parental involvement in the education of their children.

Legal Reference:

Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964 Equal Education Opportunities Act as an amendment to the Education Amendments of 1974 Bilingual Education Act 20 U.S.C. §§ 7401, et seq., as amended by the English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act

Policy History: Adopted on: 1/15/08 Reviewed on:12/16/16, 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/19/21

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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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School Wellness The Cascade School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn, by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Cascade School District that: • The School District will engage students, parents, teachers (especially teachers of physical education), food service professionals, school health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing District-wide nutrition and physical activity policies and procedures. • All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. • The School District will inform and update the public every three years, at a minimum, (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of the local wellness policies. The District will also measure periodically and make available to the public an assessment of the local wellness policy, including: • The extent to which schools are in compliance with the local wellness policy; • The extent to which the LEA’s local wellness policy compares to model local school wellness policies; and • The progress made in attaining the goals of the local wellness policy. • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. • Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods which meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat. • To the maximum extent practicable, all schools in the District will participate in available federal school meal programs, including the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program (including after-school snacks). • Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs and with related community services. • Goals for nutrition promotion, physical activity, and the other school-based activities that are designed to promote student wellness in a manner that the local education agency determines appropriate. The Superintendent or his/her designee will develop procedures based on the following five (5) areas of requirement: 1. Nutrition Education and Promotion Goals 2. Physical Activity Goals 3. Nutrition Standards for All Foods and Beverages © MTSBA 2021


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Other School-Based Wellness Activities Governance and Evaluation

Legal Reference

P.L. 108-265 Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 P.L. 111-296 The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

Policy History: Adopted on: February 21, 2006 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21 Revised on: February 17, 2015, 9/14/21

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Cascade School District INSTRUCTION

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Animals/Pets in Schools The District recognizes that there are medical and physical dangers associated with animals, both wild and domesticated, in the classroom and/or on school property. The District also recognizes that under proper conditions, animals can be an effective teaching aid. The following guidelines are adopted regarding all animals (mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, fish, insects,) in the classroom or on school property. •

Under no circumstances are animals to be transported on school buses.

All requests to have animals in the classroom or on school property must have prior written approval from the supervising teacher and building principal. The request must identify type of animal/pet, educational purpose, length of activity, and plan for the care of the animal. The principal has the discretion to permit or deny the presence of animals.

Students and teachers with allergies must receive special consideration before animals are brought into the school. Prior to any exposure to animals in school, the teacher should be aware of any condition such as allergies which could be exacerbated by exposure to animals.

All requests to take field trips involving animals must be submitted to the principal in writing. The principal shall be guided by the district policy on field trips and shall also take into consideration any known allergies among the students.

No domesticated animals, including dogs, cats, primates, or livestock, shall be allowed in schools unless proof of appropriate and/or current rabies vaccination is provided. Any domesticated mammal that is too young to be immunized for rabies will not be handled by students.

No wild animals (e.g., skunks, raccoons, badgers, lynx, bobcats, bats, coyotes, or fox) shall be allowed unless under the control of an individual trained in the care and management of the animals (e.g., zookeepers, docents, veterinarians, etc.)

All animals brought for exhibit must be restrained by the owner/handler.

No poisonous animals are allowed unless brought in cages/containers that prevent contact with students and faculty.

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Each teacher is responsible for the proper supervision and control of students under his/her direction whenever there is an exhibit or activity involving animals in the school.

Animals will be allowed to be housed in classrooms only for specified and appropriate educational purpose for the time necessary to achieve the educational goal.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide a plan of care for classroomhoused animals including care on weekends, holidays, and during emergency closure.

No animals will be allowed free range in district facilities or on district property.

The principal and parent/guardian must be notified as soon as possible if an individual is bitten by an animal or any incident occurs which could have an adverse effect on physical or emotional health.

Policy History Adopted on: October 18, 2011 Reviewed on: December 16, 2016, 9/2/21

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Cascade Public Schools INSTRUCTION

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Work Based Learning Program The Board recognizes that education should be making classroom experiences a meaningful process of learning about all practical aspects of life. The Board believes that the inclusion of career education in the basic curriculum will provide students with information about the many career opportunities available and will establish a relationship between what is taught in the classroom and the world of work. Work-based learning must provide all participating students with on-the-job experience and training along with career and complimentary vocational/technical classroom instruction to contribute to each student’s employability. The students’ classroom activities and on-the-job experiences must be planned and supervised by the school and the employer to ensure that both activities contribute to the student’s employability. Students enrolled in a work-based learning program must receive credit for related classroom instruction and on-the-job training. In the absence of a proficiency model, the time requirement for students in work-based learning must be converted and is equivalent to the time requirement for credit to be earned. Students may submit a proposal for a tailored Work Based Learning program that divides their time between instruction in school and specific learning at a job. Each proposed program will be planned by Work Based Learning coordinators and the employer (or employer groups) and shall be in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations governing employment of students under age 18. The Work Based Learning coordinators will communicate with employers on a monthly basis and will visit work sites to determine if the placement is appropriate for student employment. The particular program designed for each student shall be set forth in a written protocol approved by the student, his or her parents or guardians, the work-experience coordinator and the employer. This shall stipulate the terms of employment and the provision for academic credit. The Work Based Learning coordinator shall make such arrangements as necessary with employers for evaluating the student's on-the-job performance and for keeping records of job attendance. The employer or supervisor shall complete District volunteer agreement form and satisfy a name-based and fingerprint criminal background check in accordance with District Policies 5120 and 5122. The employee and District shall also complete workers compensation insurance and general liability insurance requirements in accordance with the attached procedure in a manner consistent with the Work Based Learning opportunity provided to student. Cross Reference:

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2600P Work Based Learning Procedures 2600F Work Based Learning Affiliation Agreement and Consent Form


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Legal reference:

Title 41, Chapter 2, MCA Fair Labor Standards Act 29 U.S.C. 212 and 213, et seq. Chapter 247 2021 General Legislative Session Section 29-71-118(7), MCA Employee, worker, volunteer, volunteer firefighter, and volunteer emergency care provider defined --election of coverage.

Policy History: Adopted on: July 16, 2019 Reviewed on: 9/2/21 Revised on: July 21, 2021

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WORK BASED LEARNING AFFILIATION AGREEMENT

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This Affiliation Agreement is entered into between Cascade (high school) and ______________________________________(workplace learning site). WHEREAS High School has established a ____________________Work Based Learning program for students interested in career exploration opportunities; and WHEREAS High School wishes to affiliate with ________________________________ (workplace learning site) for the purpose of providing Career Exploration and Assessment experiences for students enrolled in the _______________________Work Based Learning Program; and WHEREAS the Workplace Learning Site is willing to permit the Career Exploration experience on its premises with the terms set forth in this Affiliation Agreement; NOW THEREFORE, the parties agree as follows: 1. The High School shall assume full responsibility for planning and execution of the student program of instruction including curriculum content, Work Based Learning orientation, emergency contact information, and parent/guardian consent. 2. The High School shall ensure participating students have completed safety instruction specific to the work site prior to participation in the Work Based Learning experience. 3. The High School shall provide a Work Based Learning Coordinator responsible for instruction and coordination with appropriate Workplace Learning Site personnel for the planning, selecting, and evaluating of students’ experiences. 4. The Work Based Learning Coordinator, Workplace Supervisor, and student will work collaboratively to determine the career readiness, employability skills, and proficiency guidelines set forth in the personalized work based learning program. 5. The Workplace Learning Site agrees to designate a Workplace Supervisor, who has completed the Volunteer Agreement Form, and whose responsibility it shall be to assist the Work Based Learning Coordinator in selection and coordination of student experiences appropriate to the level of learning. 6. The Workplace Learning Site professional practitioners shall be responsible for overseeing the students’ experience and training activities. They shall orient the students to their activities, direct their activities and supervise their activities to assure safe and satisfactory experiences and performance. 7. The High School shall be responsible for assigning students to the Workplace Learning Site for experience. The High School shall notify the Workplace Learning Site at least one (1) month in advance of its planned schedule of students and types of experiences to be provided. This schedule shall be subject to approval of the Workplace Learning Site. 8. The Workplace Learning Site shall make available the necessary equipment and supplies as determined by the Workplace Learning Site in conjunction with the High School. 9. The Workplace Learning Site shall provide the Work Based Learning Coordinator with frequent student performance evaluations in the manner and frequency so designated by the High School. 10. The High School shall work with the Workplace Learning Site regarding the removal of any student from the Workplace Learning Site whenever the student is not performing or meeting the workplace requirements. Responsibility for student disciplinary measures, if any, shall be with High School and not with the Workplace Learning Site.


Workplace Supervisor initials the selection specific to this Work Based Learning placement: __________ Employer pays the student to work for them in a paid capacity. Student learns from the employer like a newly hired employee and skill sets are acquired through doing actual work for the employer. Student earns school credit for employment as documented in the Work Based Learning plan. Employer is required to show proof of workers compensation coverage for the student via a copy of a current workers compensation policy if the Work Based Learning plan shows the student will receive school credit for the employment. Medical costs and other related workers compensation claim expenses for accepted workers compensation claims due to injury to the student while working in the course and scope as part of the Work Based Learning opportunity shall be covered by the employer’s workers compensation coverage. ___________ Employer does not pay the student. Student earns school credit as part of a Work Based Learning plan but student may be assigned credit as part of another course. Employer has a volunteer endorsement added to their workers compensation policy and pays that premium to their carrier. School District requires the employer to show proof of workers compensation coverage with the volunteer endorsement added via a copy of a current workers compensation policy. Medical costs and other related workers compensation claim expenses for accepted workers compensation claims due to injury to the student while working in the course and scope as part of the Work Based Learning opportunity shall be covered by the employer’s workers compensation coverage. ___________ Employer does not pay student. Student earns school credit for the Work Based Learning opportunity as outlined the Work Based Learning plan. School district adds a school to work endorsement onto the school workers’ compensation policy. School District pays the workers compensation premium costs for the endorsement and other required insurance coverage. Parent liability risk forms should be signed in advance to recognize the inherent risks present with this learning opportunity and to clearly state the student has personal medical insurance coverage in place. Medical costs and other related workers compensation claim expenses for accepted workers compensation claims due to injury to the student while working in the course and scope as part of the Work Based Learning opportunity shall be covered by the School District’s workers compensation coverage. ____________ School District provides a work-based learning opportunity off school grounds. The learning opportunity takes place during school period hours, awards school credit hours toward graduation requirements, and is led by a teacher of the school district and/or co-taught by a trade person or general contractor. No workers compensation coverage being provided. School District is responsible for general liability coverage for the students and parent liability risk forms should be signed in advance to recognize the inherent risks present with this learning opportunity and to clearly state the student has personal medical insurance coverage in place.

_____________________________________ Workplace Supervisor

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_____________________________________ Work Based Learning Coordinator

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PARENT/GUARDIAN CONSENT FOR WORK BASED LEARNING EXPERIENCE I, (full name)________________________________________________ as legal guardian of ________________________________________________ (child’s full name) a student enrolled in the Cascade High School acknowledge the following: The program of study includes opportunities for my child to participate in an off-campus Work Based Learning opportunity, and I give my consent to my child participating in the offsite Work Based Learning component, and I agree to support and assist with enforcement of the content included in the Work Based Learning placement I agree to accept responsibility for my student’s participation in the above-referenced activity. I understand any negligence arising out of the student’s participation in the program shall be attributed to me as comparative negligence within the meaning of Section 27-1-702, MCA. I agree to counsel my child to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the workplace learning site. I have signed the Parent/Guardian Consent and agree to the stated conditions. ____________________________________________ ____________________________ Parent/Guardian signature Date ____________________________________________ ____________________________ Parent/Guardian printed name Phone number ____________________________________________ ____________________________ Address City/State/Zip code


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Cascade Public Schools INSTRUCTION

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Work Based Learning Program - Insurance The School District Work Based Learning coordinator will work with School District administration to identify the appropriate insurance coverage for a student’s tailored workexperience opportunity. A student will not commence a Work Based Learning opportunity until the appropriate insurance option has been identified and implemented by all parties. The option selected will be noted as part of the student’s Work Based Learning plan. Employer pays the student to work for them in a paid capacity. Student learns from the employer like a newly hired employee and skill sets are acquired through doing actual work for the employer. Student earns school credit for employment as documented in the Work Based Learning plan. Employer is required to show proof of workers compensation coverage for the student via a copy of a current workers compensation policy if the Work Based Learning plan shows the student will receive school credit for the employment. Medical costs and other related workers compensation claim expenses for accepted workers compensation claims due to injury to the student while working in the course and scope as part of the Work Based Learning opportunity shall be covered by the employer’s workers compensation coverage. Policy History: Adopted on: July 16, 2019 Reviewed on: 9/2/21 Revised on: July 21, 2021

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CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT R = required 3000 SERIES STUDENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS

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3100 3100 3110 – 3110F 3120 3121 - 3121P 3122 - 3122P 3123 3124 3125 3130 3141 3145 3150 – 3150P 3200 3210 3221 3222 3224 3225 3225F 3225P 3226 3231 - 3231P 3233 3235 3300 3310 3310P 3311 3312 3340 3410 3413 3415 – 3415P 3415F 3416 3416F1 3417

Student Goals/Priorities Student Enrollment, Exceptional Circumstances Entrance, Placement, and Transfer Compulsory Attendance Enrollment and Attendance Records Attendance Policy Attendance Policy – Truancy Military Waiver Compact Education of Homeless Children Students of Legal Age Discretionary Nonresident Student Attendance Policy Foreign Exchange Students Part-Time Attendance Student Rights and Responsibilities Equal Educational Opportunity, Nondiscrimination and Sex Equity Student Publications Distribution and Posting of Materials Student Dress Sexual Harassment of Students Harassment Reporting Form for Students Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing Searches and Seizure Student Use of Buildings: Equal Access Video Surveillance Suspension and Expulsion – Corrective Actions and Punishment Student Discipline Discipline of Students with Disabilities Firearms and Weapons Detention Extra- and Co-Curricular Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Use Student Health/Physical Screenings/Examinations Student Immunization Management of Sports Related Concussions Student-Athlete and Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement Administering Medicines to Students Montana Authorization to Possess or Self-Administer Asthma, Severe Allergy, or Anaphylaxis Medication Communicable Diseases


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Emergency Treatment Accident Report Removal of Student during School Day School-Sponsored Student Activities Student Fees, Fines, and Charges Student Fund-Raising Activities Student Clubs Student Records Student Directory Information Notification Transfer of Student Records Records Certification Receipt of Confidential Records Programs for At-Risk/Disadvantaged Students Gangs and Gang Activity District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks Internet Access Conduct Agreement Student Member of School Board Cell Phones and Other Electronic Equipment Pupil Online Information Protection Act


Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Student Goals / Priority Objectives Students are the first concern of the District and must receive the primary attention of the Board and all staff members. To fulfill its obligation to students, the Board will strive to spend most of its time in formulating policy and considering other matters related to students. A similar commitment is expected of all staff members. In pursuing this primary goal, it is imperative that the good of the individual student be kept paramount. Each student will be considered and treated with respect as an individual. One of the major tasks of the educational program will be to assist each student in becoming self-sufficient in utilization of decision-making processes and techniques, eventually becoming responsible for determining his/her own learning purposes and the means for achieving them. Staff members will seek to be wise counselors of students and skillful facilitators of learning. To this end, the Board and staff will work together to establish an environment conducive to the very best learning achievement for each student through the implementation of the following belief statements regarding students: -

That students are unique in many respects and that maximum growth is achieved when programs are individualized.

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That the acquisition of basic academic skills and applied life skills are the right of and the responsibility of each student.

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That student leaning is enhanced by a positive and supportive atmosphere.

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That students are better able to learn when they have a positive image of themselves as learners.

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That wanting to learn is a natural drive for humans, and that under proper conditions, students will be motivated intrinsically to learn and achieve.

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That students must be treated fairly and with respect in a setting that provides for discipline, clearly defined rules, and guidance.

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That students should be challenged to maximize their potential.

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That students must learn to be good decision makers and to be responsible for their actions.

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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Student Enrollment, Exceptional Circumstances Meriting Waiver of Age Requirements for Pupils The administration shall ensure admission, enrollment and assignment of all qualifying children referenced in this policy who are completely potty trained. The administration shall place children enrolled pursuant to this policy in either a half-time or full-time kindergarten program as an integral part of the elementary school program. The administration shall also ensure provision of a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible, pursuant to terms of each student’s individualized education program, for all children enrolled under this policy who are qualified for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Children enrolled in the halftime kindergarten program will progress only to full-time kindergarten the following year. The administration shall include children enrolled pursuant to this policy in the district’s calculation of average number belonging (ANB) as reported to OPI. The Board of Trustees declares the following to be qualifying “exceptional circumstances” within the meaning of that term as used in 20-5-101(3), that merit waiving the age provisions of 20-5-101(1), MCA for qualifying children under 6 years of age who are either 4 years of age or older on or before September 10 of the school year in which enrollment is to occur or who are at least 3 years of age who with a disability qualifying for services under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Note: Each of the below should be considered separately for inclusion or exclusion in the Board’s adopted policy: 1. Transience rates of the district’s pupils in comparison to statewide averages; 2. Homeless rates of the district’s pupils in comparison to statewide averages; 3. Percentage of the district’s pupils qualifying for services under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or The Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in comparison to statewide averages; 4. Percentage of the district’s pupils eligible for free or reduced lunch in comparison to statewide averages; 5. Graduation rates of the district’s pupils in comparison to statewide averages; 6. Average performance on standardized tests in comparison to statewide averages; 7. Percentage of the district’s pupils who are enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian Tribe in comparison to statewide averages.

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§ 20-5-101, MCA § 20-6-501, MCA § 20-7-117, MCA § 20-9-309, MCA

Admittance of child to school Definition of various schools Kindergarten and preschool programs Basic system of free quality public elementary and secondary schools defined Individual with Disabilities Act Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 National School Lunch Act (Public Law 396, 79th congress, chapter 281, 2nd session) Title III, ESEA (English language Acquisition, language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act) MicKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100-77, July 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 482, U.S.C. § 11301 et seq.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 19, 2015 Reviewed on: Revised on:


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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Entrance, Placement, and Transfer Entrance, Date, and Age The trustees will enroll and admit a child to a school in the district when the child is 5 years of age or older on or before the tenth (10th) day of September of the school year in which the child is to enroll but is not yet 19 years of age who is a resident of the District. Parents may request a waiver of the age requirement. All waivers are granted in the sole discretion of the Trustees. Non-resident students may be admitted at the discretion of the Trustees. Children will be enrolled in the grade identified in accordance with District policy or at the discretion of the of the administration in consultation with the student’s parents or guardians. The District requires proof of identity and an immunization record for every child to be admitted to District schools. The trustees may at their discretion assign and admit a child to a school in the district who is under 5 years of age or an adult who is 19 years of age or older if there are exceptional circumstances that merit waiving the age provision. The trustees may also admit an individual who has graduated from high school but is not yet 19 years of age even though no special circumstances exist for waiver of the age provision of this Policy. School Entrance 1.

The District requires that a student’s parents, legal guardian, or legal custodian present proof of identity of the child1 to the school within forty (40) days of enrollment, as well as proof of residence in the District. Students who are not residents of the District may apply for admission pursuant to Policy 3141.

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To be admitted to District schools, in accordance with the Montana Immunization Law, a child must have been immunized against varicella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubella, mumps, and measles in the manner and with immunizing agents approved by the department. Immunizations may not be required if a child qualifies for conditional attendance or an exemption is filed as provided by Montana law.

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The above requirements are not to serve as barriers to immediate enrollment of students designated as homeless or foster children as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the McKinney-Vento Act as amended by ESSA. The District shall work with the local child welfare agency, the school last attended, or other relevant agencies to obtain necessary enrollment documentation and ensure a student receives education services in the best interests of the child. The Superintendent or designee shall serve as point of contact with all applicable agencies to review records, facilitate services and resolve disputes.


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3110 Page 2 of 3 Placement The District goal is to place students at levels and in settings that will increase the probability of student success. Developmental testing, together with other relevant criteria, including but not limited to health, maturity, emotional stability, and developmental disabilities, may be considered in the placement of all students. Final disposition of all placement decisions rests with the principal, subject to review by the Superintendent or the Board. Children of Relocated Military Families The Board shall assign and admit a child whose parent or guardian is being relocated to Montana under military orders to a school in the district and allow the child to preliminarily enroll in classes and apply for programs offered by the District prior to arrival and establishing residency. The student will be placed in student data management system as soon as enrolled under this provision. The student will attend classes during preliminary enrollment and the Board authorizes the administration to provide offsite instruction to the student if not present in the District. The District will include a student enrolled under this provision as part of the calculation of ANB. Transfer District policies regulating the enrollment of students from other accredited elementary and secondary schools are designed to protect the educational welfare of children. Elementary Grades (K-8) A student transferring into the District will be admitted and placed subject to observation by appropriate teachers and a building principal during a probation period of two (2) weeks. Thereafter, should doubt arise as to initial grade and level placement of a student, school personnel will conduct an educational assessment to determine appropriate grade and level placement. Secondary Grades (9-12) Credit Transfer A transfer of credits from any secondary school is subject to a satisfactory examination of the following: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Appropriate certificates of school accreditation; Length of course, school day, and school year; Content of applicable courses; School building as it relates to credit earned (i.e., lab areas for appropriate science or vocational instruction);

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Appropriate evaluation of student performance leading toward credit issuance.

The District will follow Montana Accreditation Rules and Standards, along with local alternate procedures for earning credit, in reviewing requests for transfer of credits. High school principals have authority for approving credit transfers, subject to review by the Superintendent or the Board. Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-101, MCA § 20-5-403, MCA § 20-5-404, MCA § 20-5-405, MCA § 20-5-406, MCA § 44-2-511, MCA 10.16.3122, ARM 10.55.601, et seq., ARM Chapter 20 HB 246

Admittance of child to school Immunization required – release and acceptance of immunization records Conditional attendance Medical or religious exemption Immunization record School enrollment procedure Local Educational Agency Responsibility For Students with Disabilities Accreditation Standards: Procedures 2021 General Legislative Session 2021 General Legislative Session

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: January 15, 2008, July 15, 2008, 08/18/15, 10/17/17, 7/16/19, 11/19/19, 5/18/21

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For the purposes of this section “proof of identity” means a certified copy of a birth certificate, a certified transcript or similar student records from the previous school, or any documentary evidence that a school district considers to be satisfactory proof of identity. 44-2-511(6)(a), MCA © MTSBA 2021


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EDUCATIONAL AUTHORIZATION AFFIDAVIT Cascade School District The completion and signing of the affidavit before a notary public are sufficient to authorize educational enrollment and services and school-related medical care for the named child. Please print clearly. The child named below lives in my home, and I am eighteen (18) years of age or older. Name of child: ______________________________________________ Child’s date of birth: _________________________________________ My name (caretaker relative): __________________________________ My date and year of birth: _____________________________________ My home address: ___________________________________________ My relationship to the child: ___________________________________ (The caretaker relative must be an individual related by blood, marriage, or adoption by another individual to the child whose care is undertaken by the caretaker relative, but who is not a parent, foster parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of the child.) I hereby certify that this affidavit is not being used for the purpose of circumventing school residency laws, to take advantage of a particular academic program or athletic activity, or for an otherwise unlawful purpose. o

The child was subject to formal disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion, at the child’s previous school. The school may either implement the previous school district’s disciplinary action without further due process or hold a hearing and determine whether the student’s conduct in the previous school district merits denial of enrollment. If the district decides to enroll the child, then the school may require the child to comply with a behavior contract as a condition of enrollment.

Check the following if true (all must be checked for this affidavit to apply): o

A parent of the child identified above has left the child with me and has expressed no definite time period when the parent will return for the child.

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The child is now residing with me on a full-time basis.

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No adequate provision, such as appointment of a legal custodian or guardian or execution of a notarized power of attorney, has been made for enrollment of the child in school, other educational services, or educationally related medical services.

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INCORRECT, OR YOU WILL BE COMMITTING A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY A FINE, IMPRISONMENT, OR BOTH. I declare under penalty of false swearing under the laws of Montana that the foregoing is true and correct. Signed this _____ day of ________________, 20__. __________________________________________ (Signature of caretaker relative) STATE OF MONTANA ) : ss. County of _______________ ) On this _____ day of ________________, 20___, before me, a Notary Public for the state of Montana, personally appeared ___________________________________, known to me to be the person named in the foregoing Educational Authorization Affidavit, and acknowledged to me that _____ executed the same as _____ free act and deed for the purposes therein mentioned. IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my notarial seal the day and year in this certificate first above written. ________________________________________ ___________________________________[name] (SEAL) NOTARY PUBLIC for the state of Montana Residing at _______________________, Montana My commission expires: ____________________ NOTES: 1. Completion of this affidavit does not affect the rights of the child’s parents or legal guardian regarding the care, custody, and control of the child and does not mean that the caretaker relative has legal custody of the child. 2. A person who relies on this affidavit has no obligation to make any further inquiry or investigation. 3. The completed affidavit is effective for the earlier of: a. The end of the first school year after delivery of the affidavit to a school district; b. Until it has been revoked by the caretaker relative; or c. Until the child no longer resides with the caretaker relative. 4. If the child stops living with you, you shall notify anyone to whom you have given this affidavit.

Reviewed on: September 7, 2011

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Cascade School District

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Compulsory Attendance To reach the goal of maximum educational benefits for every child requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study. Regular interaction of students with one another in classrooms and their participation in instructional activities under the tutelage of competent teachers are vital to the entire process of education. This established principle of education underlies and gives purpose to the requirement of compulsory schooling in every state in the nation. A student’s regular attendance also reflects dependability and is a significant component of a student’s permanent record. Parents or legal guardians or legal custodians are responsible for seeing that their children who are age seven (7) or older before the first (1st) day of school attend school until the later of the following dates: 1. 2.

Child’s sixteenth (16th) birthday; or Completion date of the work of eighth (8th) grade.

The provisions above do not apply in the following cases: (a) The child has been excused under one of the conditions specified in 20-5-102. (b) The child is absent because of illness, bereavement, or other reason prescribed by the policies of the trustees. (c) The child has been suspended or expelled under the provisions of 20-5-202. (d) The child is excused pursuant to Section 2 of 20-5-103. Compulsory attendance stated above will not apply when children: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Are provided with supervised correspondence or home study; or Are excused because of a determination by a district judge that attendance is not in the best interests of the child; or Are enrolled in a non-public or home school; or Are enrolled in a school in another district or state; or Are excused by the Board on a determination that attendance after age of sixteen (16) is not in the best interests of the child and the school.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-308, MCA § 20-5-101, MCA § 20-5-102, MCA § 20-5-103, MCA § 20-5-104, MCA § 20-5-106, MCA § 20-5-107, MCA § 20-5-108, MCA

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Religious instruction released time program Admittance of child to school Compulsory enrollment and excuses Compulsory attendance and excuses Attendance officer Truancy Incapacitated and indigent child attendance Tribal agreement with district for Indian child compulsory attendance and other agreements Suspension and Expulsion


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Enrollment and Attendance Records Since accurate enrollment and attendance records are essential both to obtain state financial reimbursement and to fulfill the District’s responsibilities under the attendance laws, staff shall be diligent in maintaining such records. A district may only include, for ANB purposes, any student who participates in pupil instruction as defined in Section 20-1-101(17), MCA and for whom ANB may be claimed under Title 20, including but not limited to an enrolled student who is: •

A resident of the district or a nonresident student admitted by trustees under a student attendance agreement and who is attending a school of the district;

Unable to attend school due to a medical reason certified by a medical doctor and receiving individualized educational services supervised by the district, at district expense, at a home or facility that does not offer an educational program;

Unable to attend school due to the student’s incarceration in a facility, other than a youth detention center, and who is receiving individualized educational services supervised by the district, at district expense, at a home or facility that does not offer an educational program;

Living with a caretaker relative under Section 1-1-215, MCA;

Receiving special education and related services, other than day treatment, under a placement by the trustees at a private nonsectarian school or private program if the student’s services are provided at the district’s expense under an approved individual education plan supervised by the district;

Participating in the Running Start Program at district expense under Section 20-9-706, MCA;

Receiving education services, provided by the district, using appropriately licensed district staff at a private residential program or private residential facility licensed by the Department of Public Health and Human Services;

Enrolled in an educational program or course provided at district expense using electronic or offsite delivery methods, including but not limited to tutoring, distance learning programs, online programs, and technology delivered learning programs, while attending a school of the district or any other nonsectarian offsite instructional setting with the approval of the trustees of the district;

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A student of the district completing work on a proficiency basis in accordance with Sections 20-9-311(4)(d) and 20-9-324(18)(b), MCA;

A student enrolled by the Board for exceptional circumstances as defined in applicable District policies and in accordance with Section 20-5-101, MCA.

A student gaining credit for participating in a work-based learning program pursuant to Section 20-7-1510, MCA, and Policy 2600;

A student participating in an “innovative educational program” as defined in Section 1530-3102, MCA;

A resident of the district attending a Montana job corps program under an interlocal agreement with the district under Section 20-9-707, MCA; or

A resident of the district attending a Montana Youth Challenge Program under an interlocal agreement with the district under Section 20-9-707, MCA.

A student with a disability who is over 19 years old but under 21years of age, has been enrolled by the Board of Trustees in accordance with Policy 3110, and qualifies in accordance with Section 20-9-311(7), MCA, to remain enrolled and be served by schools, if the following criteria are satisfied: • the student has not graduated; • the student is eligible for special education services and is likely to be eligible for adult services for individuals with developmental disabilities due to the significance of the student's disability; and • the student's individualized education program has identified transition goals that focus on preparation for living and working in the community following high school graduation since age 16 or the student's disability has increased in significance after age 16.

In order for a student who is served through distance learning or offsite delivery methods to be included in the calculation of average number belonging, the student must meet one or more of the conditions for participating in offsite instruction pursuant to Section 20-7-118, MCA. Enrollment for Purposes of Participation in Extracurricular Activities By an Unenrolled Child or Part Time Enrolled Student The District shall include for ANB purposes a child who during the prior school year: a. resided in the District; b. was not enrolled in the District or was not enrolled full time; and

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3121 page 3 of 3 c. completed an extracurricular activity with a duration of at least 6 weeks in accordance with Policy 3510. Each completed extracurricular activity that, inclusive of practices and post-season tournaments, lasts 6 weeks or longer shall be counted as one-sixteenth enrollment. Each completed extracurricular activity lasting longer than 18 weeks may be counted as one-eighth enrollment. A child may not be counted as more than one full-time enrollment for ANB purposes. For purposes of calculating ANB under this section, "extracurricular activity" means: a. a sport or activity sanctioned by an organization having jurisdiction over interscholastic activities, contests, and tournaments; b. an approved career and technical student organization, pursuant to Section 20-7-306, MCA; or c. a school theater production. Homeless Youth and Foster Children Assignment to schools shall be subject to modification when federal law applicable to students placed in foster care or students who are homeless requires that such students be educated in a “school of origin” that differs from the assigned school. Cross References:

Policy 3510 School Sponsored Activities Policy 2600 Work Based Learning Policy 1010FE/3100 Early Enrollment for Exceptional Circumstances

Legal Reference:

§ 1-1-215, MCA § 20-9-311, MCA § 20-9-706, MCA § 20-9-707, MCA

Residence – rules for determining Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) Running start program Agreement with Montana youth challenge program or accredited Montana job corps program § 20-5-101, MCA Admittance of child to school § 20-5-112, MCA Participation in Extracurricular Activities § 20-1-101, MCA Definitions § 20-3-324, MCA Powers and Duties §20-7-1510, MCA Credit for participating in work-based learning partnerships 29 U.S.C. 794 Nondiscrimination under Federal grants and programs 34 CFR 300.1, et seq. Assistance to states for the education of children with disabilities

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Enrollment and Attendance Records Average Number Belonging Average Number Belonging (ANB) is the enrollment measure used for the State Foundation Program calculations as defined in § 20-9-311, MCA. The ANB of one year is based on the attendance records of the preceding year. Funding for districts is based on ANB, which is based on “aggregate hours” per year and must be accurate. “Aggregate hours” means the hours of pupil instruction for which a school course or program is offered or for which a pupil is enrolled. For a child to be counted for ANB purposes: a)

The child must meet the definition of pupil as found in § 20-1-101(11), MCA;

b)

Attending 180 to 359 aggregate hours = One-quarter time enrollment

c)

Attending 360 to 539 aggregate hours = One-half time enrollment

d)

Attending 540 to 719 aggregate hours = Three-quarter time enrollment

e)

Attending 720 aggregate hours or more = Full-time enrollment

A school district may include in its calculation of ANB a pupil who is enrolled in a program providing fewer than the required aggregate hours of pupil instruction required under subsection 20-9-311(4)(a) or (4)(b) if the pupil had demonstrated proficiency in the content ordinarily covered by the instruction as determined by the school board using district assessments. The ANB must be converted to an hourly equivalent based on the hours of instruction ordinarily provided for the content over which the student has demonstrated proficiency. 20-9-311(4)(d). Homebound Students Students who are receiving instructional services, who were in the education program and, due to medical reasons certified by a medical doctor, are unable to be present for pupil instruction, may be counted as enrolled for ANB purposes, if the student: a)

Is enrolled and is currently receiving organized and supervised pupil instruction;

b)

Is in a home or facility which does not offer a regular educational program; and

c)

Has instructional costs during the absence, which are financed by the District’s general fund.

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3121P page 2 of 2 If a homebound student does not meet the criteria set forth above, the District may request a variance through the Office of Public Instruction, for consideration of the student in the enrollment count for ANB purposes beyond the tenth (10th) day of absence. Attendance Accounting Days present and absent for every student are to be recorded in each building, for the purpose of informing parents of a student’s attendance record. On the first (1st) Monday in October and the first (1st) Monday in February, the number of all enrolled students (whether present or absent) by grade level and class will be recorded on the forms provided by the District. Special education children who are enrolled in special programs sixteen (16) hours or more a week will be listed separately. The Director of Special Education should be contacted to verify this count. Monthly student counts of enrolled children by grade and classroom will be provided by the office.

Legal Reference:

10.20.102, ARM § 20-1-101, MCA § 20-9-311, MCA

Calculation of Average Number Belonging (ANB) Definitions Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) – three-year averaging

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Attendance Policy To reach the goal of maximum educational benefits for each child requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study. Regular interaction of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in instructional activities under the tutelage of competent teachers are vital to the entire process of education. This established principle of education underlies and gives purpose to the requirement of compulsory schooling in every state in the nation. The good things schools have to offer can only be presented to students in attendance. A student’s regular school attendance also reflects dependability and is a significant component on a student’s permanent record. Future employers are as much concerned about punctuality and dependability as they are about academic record. School success, scholarship, and job opportunity are greatly affected by a good attendance record. Specific rules and regulations regarding attendance and tardies can be found in the respective student handbook. Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 11/18/08, 10/5/21 Revised on: 7/19/05, 10/19/21

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Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Teachers shall keep a record of absence and tardiness. Before the end of the school day, each school shall attempt to contact every parent, guardian, or custodian whose child is absent from school but who has not reported the child as absent for the school day, to determine whether the parent, guardian, or custodian is aware of the child’s absence from school. The following are valid excuses for absence and tardiness. Missed work assignments and activities may be made up in the manner provided by the teacher. 1. 2.

3.

4.

Participation in school-approved activity - To be excused, this absence must be authorized by a staff member and the affected teacher(s) must be notified prior to the absence, unless it is clearly impossible to do so. Absence caused by illness, health condition, or family emergency - When possible, the parent is expected to notify the school office on the morning of the absence and send a signed note of explanation with the student upon his/her return to school. A student shall be allowed one (1) makeup day for each day of absence. “Emergency” shall be defined as unforeseen and unexpected circumstances which create an air of crisis or extreme need. Such circumstances must present a grave and clear danger which could result in irremediable harm or immediate disaster. Absence for parental-approved activities - This category of absence shall be counted as excused for purposes agreed upon by the principal and the parent. An absence may not be approved if it causes a serious adverse effect on the student’s educational progress. In participation-type classes (e.g., certain music and physical education classes), the student may not be able to achieve the objectives of the unit of instruction as a result of absence from class. In such a case, a parent-approved absence would have an adverse effect on the student’s educational progress, which would ultimately be reflected in the grade for such a course. Absence resulting from disciplinary actions or short-term suspension - Students who are removed from a class or classes as a disciplinary measure, or students who have been placed on short-term suspension, shall have the right to make up assignments or exams missed during time they were denied entry to the classroom.

Extended illness or health condition - If a student is confined to home or hospital for an extended period, the school shall arrange for the accomplishment of assignments at the place of confinement whenever practicable. If the student is unable to do his/her schoolwork, or if there are major requirements of a particular course which cannot be accomplished outside of class, the student may be required to take an incomplete or withdraw from the class without penalty. Excused absence for chronic health condition - Students with a chronic health condition which 3122P


page 2 of 2 interrupts regular attendance may qualify for placement in a limited attendance and participation program. The student and his/her parent shall apply to the principal or counselor, and a limited program shall be written following the advice and recommendations of the student’s medical advisor. The recommended limited program shall be approved by the principal. Staff shall be informed of the student’s needs, though the confidentiality of medical information shall be respected at the parent’s request. Absence verified by a medical practitioner may be sufficient justification for home instruction. Unexcused Absences 1.

Each unexcused absence shall be followed by a warning letter to the parent of the student. A student’s grade shall not be affected if no graded activity is missed during such an absence.

2.

When a student evidences repeated truancies, a conference shall be held among the parent, student and principal. At such a conference, the Principal, student and parent shall consider adjusting the student’s program or transferring the student to another school or engaging in family counseling.

3.

If the above action fails to correct the truancy problem, the student shall be declared an habitual truant. The attendance administrator shall interview the student and his/her family and prescribe corrective action, which may include suspension for the current semester, expulsion, and/or filing a complaint against the parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the care of the child in a court of competent jurisdiction. A student who has been expelled for attendance violations may petition the Board for reinstatement. Such petition may be granted upon presentation of a firm and unequivocal commitment to maintain regular attendance.

Students are expected to be in class on time. When a student’s tardiness becomes frequent or disruptive, the student shall be referred to the principal or counselor. If counseling, parent conference, or disciplinary action is ineffective in changing the student’s attendance behavior, he/ she may be suspended from the class. All sanctions imposed for failure to comply with the attendance policies and procedures shall be implemented in conformance with state and district regulations regarding corrective action or punishment.

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Attendance Policy - Truancy Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Teachers shall keep a record of absence and tardiness. Before the end of the school day, each school shall attempt to contact every parent, guardian, or custodian whose child is absent from school but who has not reported the child as absent for the school day, to determine whether the parent, guardian, or custodian is aware of the child’s absence from school. For the purpose of this policy “truant” or “truancy” means the persistent non-attendance without excuse, as defined by this policy, for all or any part of a school day equivalent to the length of one class period of a child required to attend a school under 20-5-103. “Habitual truancy” means recorded unexcused absences of 9 or more days or 54 or more parts of a day, whichever is less, in 1 school year. The Cascade school district’s definition of non-attendance without excuse is stated in the respective student handbooks. The Cascade School district has appointed the 7-12 Principal as the attendance officer(s) of the district. Upon the board designating one or more of its staff as the attendance officer(s), the attendance officer(s) shall have the powers and duties as stated in 20-5-105, MCA. Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-103, MCA § 20-5-104, MCA § 20-5-105, MCA § 20-5-106, MCA § 20-5-107, MCA § 41-5-103(22), MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: 09/17/13

Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 7/16/19, 10/19/21

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Page 1 of 5 Military Compact Waiver The State of Montana is one of numerous states across the country that is a member of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. As a school district within the State of Montana subject to the laws of the State of Montana, the District shall follow the requirements of the Compact for students who enroll at the District for whom the Compact applies. Purpose The purpose of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children is to remove barriers to educational success for children of military families due to frequent relocation and deployment of their parents. The Compact facilitates educational success by addressing timely student enrollment, student placement, qualification and eligibility for programs (curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular), timely graduation, and the facilitation of cooperation and communication between various member states’ schools. Applicability This Compact applies only to children of: 1. Active duty members of the uniformed services as defined in the Compact, including member of the national guard and reserve on active duty orders pursuant to 10 U.S.C., 12301(d) and 12304; 2. Members of the veterans of the uniformed services who are severely injured and medically discharged or retired for a period of 1 year after medical discharge or retirement; and 3. Members of the uniformed services who die on active duty or as a result of injuries sustained on active duty for a period of 1 year after death. Educational Records and Enrollment 1. Hand Carried/Unofficial Educational Records: In the event that official educational records cannot be released to a parent for the purpose of school transfer, the custodian of records from the sending school shall prepare and furnish to the parent a complete set of unofficial educational records containing uniform information as determined by the Interstate Commission.


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3124 Page 2 of 5 Upon receipt of the unofficial educational records, the District shall enroll and appropriately place the student based upon the information the school receives in the unofficial educational records, pending validation by the official records, as soon as possible. 2. Official Educational Records/Transcripts: At the time of enrollment and conditional placement of a qualifying student at the District, the District shall request the student’s official educational records from their last school of attendance. A school receiving such a request shall process the official educational records request and furnish such within a period of ten (10) days, or within the timeline determined to be reasonable by the Interstate Commission. 3. Immunizations: The District shall provide a period of thirty (30) days from the date of enrollment, or such other time frame as determined by the rules of the Interstate Commission, within which students may obtain any immunizations required by the District. Where the District’s requirements include a series of immunizations, initial vaccinations must be obtained within thirty (30) days, or within the timeline determined to be reasonable by the Interstate Commission. 4. Kindergarten and First Grade Entrance Age: Students shall be allowed to continue their enrollment at grade level at the District, commensurate with their grade level from their receiving school, including kindergarten, at the time of transition. However, the provisions of Montana Code 20-5-101 regarding trustees enrolling a child in kindergarten or in first grade whose fifth (5th) or sixth (6th) birthday occurs on or before the tenth (10th) day of September of the school year in which the child is to enroll but is not yet 19 years of age, shall continue to apply. A student who has satisfactorily completed the prerequisite grade level in the sending school shall be eligible for enrollment in the next highest grade level in the District, at the receiving school, regardless of age. A student who is transferring into the District after the start of the school year shall enter the District on the student’s validated grade level from an accredited school in the sending state. Placement and Attendance 1. Course Placement: Upon transfer of a qualifying student, the receiving District shall place the student in courses consistent with the student’s courses in the sending school and/or the school’s educational assessments.


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3124 Page 3 of 5 Course placement includes, but is not limited to honors, international baccalaureate, advanced placement, vocational, technical, and career pathways courses. Continuing the student’s academic program from the previous school and promoting placement in academically and career challenging courses should be paramount when considering placement. This requirement does not preclude the District from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and continued enrollment of the student in the course(s). 2. Educational Program Placement: The District shall initially honor placement of the student in educational programs based on current educational assessments conducted at the sending school or participation/placement in similar programs at the sending school. Educational program placement includes, but is not limited to, gifted and talented programs and English as a second language. This requirement does not preclude the District from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student. 3. Special Education Services: In compliance with the federal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the District, as the receiving school, shall initially provide comparable services to a student with disabilities based on his or her current Individual Education Plan. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the District, as the receiving school, shall make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities consistent with his or her existing 504 or Title II Plan. This does not preclude the District, as the receiving school, from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement and/or accommodations are made for the student. 4. Placement Flexibility: The District’s Administration shall have the flexibility to waive course/program prerequisites or other preconditions for placement in courses/programs offered by the receiving District. 5. Absences Relating to Deployment Activities: A student whose parent/legal guardian is an active duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or immediately returned from deployment in a combat zone or combat support position, shall be granted additional excused absences at the discretion of the District’s Superintendent to visit with his or her parent/legal guardian relative to such leave or deployment of the parent/guardian.


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3124 Page 4 of 5 Eligibility 1. Eligibility for Enrollment: A Special Power of Attorney pertaining to the guardianship of a student of a military family and executed under applicable law shall be sufficient for the purposes of enrollment and all other actions requiring parental participation and consent. The receiving District shall not charge tuition to a transitioning military student placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in loco parentis who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent. A transitioning military student, placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in loco parentis who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent, may continue to attend the school in which he or she was enrolled when residing with the custodial parent. 2. Eligibility for Extra-Curricular Activity Participation: The District shall facilitate the opportunity for transitioning military students’ inclusion in extracurricular activities, regardless of application deadlines, to the extent the student is otherwise qualified. Graduation In order to facilitate the on-time graduation of children of military families, the receiving District shall incorporate the following procedure: 1. Graduation Course Requirements – Waiver: The receiving District’s Administration, through the Superintendent or designee, shall waive specific courses that are required for graduation if similar coursework has been satisfactorily completed at another school. If the District does not waive the specific course requirement for graduation, the District shall provide a reasonable justification for the denial. This justification shall be provided to the parent/legal guardian in writing. If the receiving District does not waive the specific course requirement for graduation and the student would have otherwise qualified to graduate from the sending school, the receiving District shall provide an alternative means of acquiring required course work to ensure that the student’s graduation will occur on time. 2. Exit Exams: In lieu of testing requirements required for graduation at the receiving District, the District and the State of Montana shall accept any or all of the following: A. Exit exams or end-of-course exams required for graduation from the sending school; B. National norm-referenced achievement tests; or


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3124 Page 5 of 5 C. Alternative testing. In the event the above alternatives cannot be accommodated by the receiving District for a student transferring during his or her senior year, subsection 3, below, shall apply. 3. Transfer During Senior Year of High School: Should a military student transferring at the beginning of or during the senior year be ineligible to graduate from the receiving District after all alternatives have been considered, the sending school and the receiving District shall ensure the receipt of a diploma from the sending school if the student meets the graduation requirements of the sending school. In the event that one of the states in question is not a member of this Compact, the member state shall use best efforts to facilitate the on-time graduation of the student. Conflicts All state laws and District policies that conflict with this policy and/or in conflict with the Compact are superseded to the extent of the conflict. Cooperation The receiving District, through its administration, shall timely cooperate with all state agency inquiries and other District/school inquiries relating to a student who is covered by the Compact. Cross Reference:

2333 2410 – 2410P 2413 3110

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20-1-230, MCA

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Education of Homeless Children Every child of a homeless individual and every homeless child are entitled to equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to children with permanent housing. The District must assign and admit a child who is homeless to a District school regardless of residence and irrespective of whether the homeless child is able to produce records normally required for enrollment. The District may not require an out-of-District attendance agreement and tuition for a homeless child. Should a child become homeless over the course of the school year, the child must be able to remain at the school of origin, or be eligible to attend another school in the district. The Superintendent will review and revise as necessary rules or procedures that may be barriers to enrollment of homeless children and youths. In reviewing and revising such procedures, the Superintendent will consider issues of transportation, immunization, residence, birth certificates, school records, and other documentation. Homeless students will have access to services comparable those offered to other students, including but not limited to: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Transportation services; Educational services for which a student meets eligibility criteria (e.g., Title I); Educational programs for children with disabilities and limited English proficiency; Programs in vocational and technical education; Programs for gifted and talented students; and School nutrition program.

The Superintendent will give special attention to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless children and youths not currently attending school. The Superintendent will appoint a liaison for homeless children. A “homeless individual” is defined as provided in the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act. Anyone having a concern or complaint regarding placement or education of a homeless child will first present it orally and informally to the District homeless liaison. To further ensure that the District is removing barriers to the educational access and success of children and youths who are homeless, and to ensure that Title 1 funding is expended in an appropriate manner, the District has adopted the dispute resolution form at 3125F. Cross Reference: Legal Reference:

1700 Uniform Complaint Procedure 3125F McKinney-Vento Homeless Educational Assistance Dispute Resolution 42 U.S.C. §§42 U.S.C. § 11301 et seq 11431, et seq. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act § 20-5-101, MCA Admittance of child to school

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MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE DISPUTE RESOLUTION FORM School District ___________________________

Liaison _____________________ Telephone __________________

Date of first contact by homeless individual, guardian, or representative ____________ Homeless Student’s Name ________________________________________________ Describe the issue(s) in question ___________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ School District Contact _____________________ Telephone __________________ (Superintendent/Principal) Date _______________ (within 7 business days) Resolution of Liaison/School District Level (describe below) ____ or Forwarded to OPI Homeless Coordinator [please contact at (406) 444-2036) ____ Date

_______________ (within 15 business days) Resolution to OPI Homeless Coordinator Level (describe below) Forwarded to Superintendent of Public Instruction ____

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Describe Resolution Results _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Homeless Coordinator Signature __________________________________________ This form must be filed with

Heather Denny Homeless Coordinator Office of Public Instruction Po Box 202501 Helena, MT 59620-2501


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Students of Legal Age Every student eighteen (18) years of age or older like all other students, will comply with the rules established by the District, pursue the prescribed course of study, and submit to the authority of teachers and other staff members as required by policy and state law. The administration is authorized to make exceptions to this policy for students related to reasons that include but are not limited to homelessness, emancipation, or applicable court order. Forms Adult students who reside with parents or guardians and/or are classified as dependents of parents or guardians for tax purposes must have applicable forms completed by parents or guardians. Admission to School The residence of an adult student who is not residing with a parent or guardian will be considered the residence for school purposes. Field Trips/Athletic Programs Approved forms for participation will be required of all students. The form should indicate that the signature is that of the parent. Absence/Lateness/Truancy Absence notes will be signed by parents or guardians. Excessive absences will result in consequences according to policy 3122P and will be reported on the report card. Suspension/Expulsion All suspension and/or expulsion proceedings will conform to the requirements of state statutes. Notification of all such proceedings will be sent to parents or guardians. Withdrawal From School Adult students may withdraw from school under their own cognizance. Counselors will guide and counsel potential dropouts and encourage their continued attendance. Parents will be notified of impending dropouts by the school. Permission to Inspect Student Records

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3130 page 2 of 2 A student that attains the age of legal majority is an “eligible student” under FERPA. An eligible student has the right to access and inspect their student records. An eligible student may not prevent their parents from accessing and inspecting their student records if they are a dependent of their parents in accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations. Report Cards Progress reports will be sent to the parent or legal guardian. Excuses From School The school will verify requests from students who wish to leave school early for reasons such as job interviews, college visits, driver testing, etc., with the organization being visited. Permission to leave school early may be denied for what is considered a non-valid reason. Financial Responsibility Adult students can be held financially responsible for damage to school property. Policy History: 24 Adopted on: May 15, 2001 25 Revised on: March 10, 2014, September 14, 2021 26 Reviewed on: Nov 17, 2016, September 10, 2021

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Discretionary Nonresident Student Attendance Policy 1.

Except as required by § 20-5-321, MCA, the District will admit nonresident students at its discretion.

2.

The Superintendent will recommend to the Board any nonresident student admission in accordance with this policy, with the Board making the final decision on admission.

3.

The District will examine a student’s records from this district and other school districts before any Board approval for admission. Review of the records and decisions regarding admission cannot be inconsistent with district policies regarding nondiscrimination.

4.

Every nonresident student who attends District schools must reapply for admission for the succeeding school year by June 15. Admission in one school year does not infer or guarantee admission in subsequent years.

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The District will not admit nonresident students when doing so would cause the district to exceed the class size standards under 10.55.712 and 10.55.713, ARM.

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All resident students who become nonresidents because their parents or guardians move out of the District may continue attendance for the school year, barring registration in another District. At the completion of the school year, a student must apply as a nonresident student in accordance with Section 5.

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The Board reserves the right to charge tuition for nonresident students. At its discretion, the Board may charge or waive tuition for all students whose tuition is required to be paid by one kind of entity, defined as either a parent or guardian or a school district. Any waiver of tuition will be applied equally to all students whose tuition is paid by the same kind of entity (i.e., if the District charges tuition in those circumstances where a resident district pays but waives tuition in those circumstances where a parent or guardian is responsible for tuition, the tuition waiver will be applicable to all students whose parents or guardians bear the responsibility for payment).

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All nonresident students will be considered ineligible transportees for school transportation services (§ 20-10-101, MCA).

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The Board will not admit any student who is expelled from another school district.

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Nonresident students enrolled under this policy are subject to all district policies, rules, regulations on the same basis as resident students.


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Legal Reference:

Policy 2161 – 2161P Policy 3110 Policy 3125 Policy 3210 § 20-5-314, MCA § 20-5-320, MCA § 20-5-321, MCA § 20-5-322, MCA § 20-5-323, MCA 10.10.301B, ARM 10.55.712, ARM 10.55.713, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: March 18, 2008 Reviewed on: December 18, 2018 Revised on: December 18, 2018

Special Education Entrance, Placement, and Transfer Education of Homeless Children Equal Education, Nondiscrimination and Sex Equity Reciprocal attendance agreement with adjoining state or province Attendance with discretionary approval Attendance with mandatory approval – tuition and transportation Residency determination – notification – appeal for attendance agreement Tuition and transportation rates Out-of-District Attendance Agreements Class Size Elementary Teacher Load and Class Size – High School


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Foreign Exchange Students The District finds that foreign exchange students add to the richness of the high school setting for both District and foreign students. Thus, the District is willing to enroll a manageable number of foreign exchange students. To protect the interests of the District and students, the District has adopted the following policies (it should be remembered that foreign exchange students are educated at the expense of the taxpayers of the District and the state of Montana): 1.

The foreign exchange student must be eighteen (18) years of age or younger at the time of enrollment;

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The foreign exchange student must reside with a legal resident of the District. Exceptions may be granted.

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The foreign exchange student must have sufficient knowledge of the English language to enable effective communication and to use instructional materials and textbooks printed in English. a.

The District may administer an English proficiency test of its choosing, which will supersede all other tests.

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If an organization places a student who, on arrival, is deemed by the District to be deficient in English language proficiency, the organization will either terminate the student’s placement or provide and pay for tutorial help until the student reaches proficiency, as determined by the District.

Academic Standards and Graduation 1.

A foreign exchange student will be expected to meet all appropriate standards required of any student enrolled in the District.

2.

Foreign exchange students may not graduate or receive a diploma from Cascade High School. However, they may participate in ceremonies and receive a certificate of attendance.

Orientation by the Exchange Organization 1.

Orientation, both pre-departure and upon arrival in the United States, must be provided to the exchange student.


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Orientation must also be provided to the host family in advance of the exchange student’s arrival. The family should be advised of potential problems in hosting an exchange student and provided with suggestions for coping with these problems.

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The student’s host family and the District must be provided written information which includes at least: a.

Name, address, and phone number of both local and area coordinators for the exchange organization.

b.

A twenty-four-(24)-hour emergency telephone number for immediate assistance by the exchange organization.

Supervision 1.

The sponsoring foreign student exchange organization must assume the final responsibility of resolving problems, including, if necessary, the changing of host families or the early return home of the exchange student because of personal, family, or school difficulties.

2.

The sponsoring foreign student exchange organization must contact the exchange student and host family periodically throughout the exchange visit to ensure that problems are dealt with promptly and effectively.

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The host family must be available and willing to meet with school personnel when functions or conditions require it.

Student Opportunities and Responsibilities 1.

2.

Required Courses. Foreign exchange students will be expected to enroll in the following academic classes while attending Cascade High School: a.

One (1) English class;

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One (1) United States history class or one (1) government class;

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Maintain enrollment in at least six (6) classes.

Athletic Program. Foreign exchange students are eligible to participate in the Cascade High School Activities Program. Guidelines for participation are set by District policy and by the Montana High School Association, as follows: a.

RECOGNITION. The student must be a participant of an “official Foreign


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GRADUATION. The student cannot have graduated or received a diploma in his/her own country.

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Student Fees. Foreign exchange students are expected to pay all yearbook fees, lab fees, prom tickets, athletic fees, cap and gown fees, lunch prices, and all other school-incurred expenses that are expected of other students enrolled in Cascade High School.

4.

Achievement and Discipline. Foreign exchange students must maintain passing grades in all classes, follow rules and regulations of District student policies, and show satisfactory discipline and attendance. Failure to comply with these expectations may result in dismissal of the student from the District Foreign Exchange Program.

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Scholarship(s). The District will not include names of foreign exchange students in its formal class-rank listing based on cumulative grade point average, nor will foreign exchange students be eligible to apply for any local scholarship.

Placement Quotas for Foreign Student Exchange Organizations 1.

Cascade High School will not accept foreign exchange students when doing so would require hiring additional staff or providing education services not currently offered or would create crowding of existing classes. Individually sponsored exchange students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum number of students will be determined by the Superintendent.

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The fact that a foreign exchange organization has located a host family within the District does not infer the District will automatically enroll the student. While the organization may develop such an agreement with a host family, the family should be advised it is contingent upon admission to Cascade High School.

Legal Reference:

20 U.S.C. 221, et seq.

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Part-Time Attendance The District will review requests for part-time enrollment of students for purposes of academic courses on a case-by-case basis, with a building principal making a preliminary decision pursuant to the criteria set forth in this Policy. Denial of part-time enrollment may be appealed pursuant to policy 1700. Criteria for accepting students for part-time enrollment are the following: 1. 2. 3.

Accepting a student will not create excess student enrollment in a requested class; Accepting a student will not create need for an additional staff member; Accepting a student will not cause a new section of a course to be created.

The District will accept on a first-come, first-served basis students wishing to enroll in the same course. Whenever the enrollment position of a part-time student is needed for a regular, fulltime student during the year, a full-time student has priority for the position beginning with the next semester. Participation in District Extracurricular Activities by Unenrolled Children This policy does not restrict or limit the ability of unenrolled children to seek to participate in extracurricular activities in accordance with Policy 3510. The District may secure ANB for unenrolled children participating in identified extracurricular activities in accordance with Policy 3121. Cross References:

Policy 3510 Policy 3121

Legal Reference:

§ 20-9-311(a), MCA Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) – 3-year averaging Chapter 297 2021 General Legislative Session Chapter 269 2021 General Legislative Session

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: April 15, 2008 Revised on: July 21, 2021

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Part-Time Attendance Procedure As it is the desire of the Board of Trustees of Cascade Public Schools to accommodate the educational needs of students residing within District boundaries, it shall be the policy of the district to allow such students to enroll on a part-time basis for academic classes in grade 7–12 at the discretion of the Admissions Committee and the superintendent/principal. The procedure for admitting a part-time student will be guided by the following: 1. A part-time student must attend for no fewer than two periods per day per semester. 2. Out-of-district students will not be admitted on a part-time basis. 3. Home school students will be admitted only if the home school is appropriately registered as pursuant to State Law. 4. Acceptance of a part-time student shall not create an excess enrollment in a requested class; shall not create a need for additional staff member(s); shall not cause the creation of a new section of the requested class; shall not exceed utilization of existing equipment, and shall not have a negative fiscal impact. Full time students have first priority on class space. 5. Fees, course prerequisites, and grade level requirements that apply to full-time students will also apply to part-time students. Documentation of course preparedness is required. 6. The District reserves the right as per District Policy #3110 to conduct assessments and evaluations of a part-time student to assure proper placement in either a content area class or at a respective grade level. 7. Part-time students will be held accountable and must abide by all district policies, rules, regulations, and statutes as required by the State of Montana. 8. Part-time students cannot be awarded a diploma nor be eligible for awards and honors which are reserved for full time Cascade High School/Junior High School students. 9. Part-time students wishing to participate in MHSA sanctioned events must comply with MHSA rules of attendance and with Cascade Schools’ eligibility rules. MHSA rules require that the student must be enrolled for no less than 20 hours per week and cannot be an identified home school student. If a part-time student wishes to participate fully in MHSA sanctioned events, the student must declare Cascade Schools as a primary source of education and be enrolled as a full-time student. 10. Students who are not allowed full-time attendance for disciplinary, academic, or other reasons, will not be admitted on a part-time basis. 11. Application for enrollment as a part-time student should be as early as possible, but not less than two weeks prior to the start of the semester. 12. Once accepted, course registration and class assignments will be made according to the following priorities: a. Full time students, b. Part-time students on a first come, first served basis, c. Full time students arriving after classes have begun. 3150P


Page 2 of 2 13. Transportation for part-time students remains the sole responsibility of the student and/or parents, unless the part-time student can access an existing route and no transportation scheduling changes are needed. All transportation rules and regulations apply (e.g. 3 miles). 14. Part-time students can be on campus five (5) minutes prior and five (5) minutes following their scheduled classes.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-9-311(a), MCA Calculation of average number belonging (ANB) § 20-5-109(a), MCA Nonpublic School Requirements for Compulsory Enrollment Exemption § 20-5-110, MCA School District Assessment for Placement of a Child Who Enrolls From a Non-accredited Nonpublic School § 20-5-111, MCA Responsibilities and Rights of Parent Who Provides Home School-rights of Child in Home School

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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Student Rights and Responsibilities The District recognizes fully that all students are entitled to enjoy the rights protected under federal and state constitutions and law for persons of their age and maturity in a school setting. The District expects students to exercise these rights reasonably and to avoid violating the rights of others. The District may impose disciplinary measures whenever students violate the rights of others or violate District policies or rules.

Cross Reference:

3231 3310

Searches and Seizure Student Discipline

Legal Reference:

§ 20-4-302, MCA

Discipline and punishment of pupils – definition of corporal punishment § 20-5-201, MCA Duties and sanctions Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Sch. Dist., 89 S.Ct. 733 (1969)

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Equal Educational Opportunity, Nondiscrimination, and Sex Equity The District will make equal educational opportunities available for all students without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, ethnicity, language barrier, religious belief, physical or mental handicap or disability, economic or social condition, actual or potential marital or parental status, No student will be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, or advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities. Inquiries regarding sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual intimidation should be directed to the District Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both. The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s Title IX Coordinator: Nichole Pieper, JH/HS Principal 321 Central Ave W, PO Box 529, Cascade, MT 59421 nichole.pieper@cascade.k12.mt.us (406) 468-9383 x 106 Inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of disability or requests for accommodation should be directed to the District Section 504 Coordinator. The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s Section 504 Coordinator: Nichole Pieper, JH/HS Principal 321 Central Ave W, PO Box 529, Cascade, MT 59421 nichole.pieper@cascade.k12.mt.us (406) 468-9383 x 106 Any individual may file a complaint alleging violation of this policy, Policy 3200-Student Rights and Responsibilities, Policy 3225/3225P-Sexual Harassment, or Policy 3226Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing by following those policies or Policy 1700-Uniform Complaint Procedure. The District, in compliance with federal regulations, will notify annually all students, parents, staff, and community members of this policy and the designated coordinator to receive inquiries. This annual notification will include the name and location of the coordinator and will be included in all handbooks. The District will not tolerate hostile or abusive treatment, derogatory remarks, or acts of violence against students, staff, or volunteers with disabilities. The District will consider such behavior as constituting discrimination on the basis of disability, in violation of state and federal law. © MTSBA 2021


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3210 Page 2 of 2 Cross Reference:

1700 3200 3225 3226

Uniform Complaint Procedure Student Rights and Responsibilities Sexual Harassment/Intimidation of Students Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing

Legal Reference:

Art. X, Sec. 7, Montana Constitution- Nondiscrimination in education § 49-2-307, MCA Discrimination in education 24.9.1001, et seq., ARM Sex Discrimination in Education Title IX of the Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq. 34 CFR Part 106 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance

Policy History: Adopted on: March 18, 2008 Reviewed on: Revised on: March 24, 2015, October 17, 2017, September 15, 2020

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Student Publications Student publications produced as part of the school’s curriculum or with the support of student body funds are intended to serve both as vehicles for instruction and student communications. They are operated and substantively financed by the student body and the District. Material appearing in such publications should reflect all areas of student interest, including topics about which there may be controversy and dissent. Controversial issues may be presented provided they are treated in depth and represent a variety of viewpoints. Such materials may not be libelous, obscene or profane nor may they cause a substantial disruption of the school, invade the privacy rights of others, demean any race, religion, gender, or ethnic group, or advocate the violation of the law. They may not advertise tobacco, nicotine, liquor, illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia. The Superintendent shall develop guidelines to implement these standards and shall establish procedures for the prompt review of any materials which appear not to comply with the standards.

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Distribution and Posting of Student Materials District policy allows distribution of materials for student curricular clubs and non-curricular groups. The Superintendent, building principal, or designee must approve all materials before they may be distributed or posted. Materials distributed or posted will include an notation to inform the recipient if the material is from a curricular student club or non-curricular student group. To facilitate the distribution of materials with information about student activities, each school may maintain a centrally located bulletin board for the posting of materials, and/or maintain a table available to students for placing approved materials. Materials may also be posted on designated walls in the school buildings. Materials from a curricular student club or non-curricular student group. which provide information valued or needed by the students of the school district may be distributed, except those that would: A. Disrupt the educational process; B. Violate the rights of others; C. Invade the privacy of others; D. Infringe on a copyright; E. Violate District policy, procedure, or administrative directive; F. Be obscene, vulgar or indecent; or G. Promote violence, discriminatory conduct, the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and any other tobacco innovation, firearms, or certain products that create community concerns. All non-student community materials must be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent, building principal, or designee in accordance with Policy 4331. Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 4/15/08, 10/19/21

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Student Dress The District recognizes that a student’s choice of dress and grooming habits demonstrate personal style and preference. The District has the responsibility to ensure proper and appropriate conditions for learning, along with protecting the health and safety of its student body. Even though the schools will allow a wide variety of clothing styles, dress and grooming must not materially or substantially disrupt the educational process of the school or create a health or safety hazard for students, staff, or others. Building administrators shall establish procedures for the monitoring of student dress and grooming in school or while engaging in extracurricular activities. Students attending public events sponsored by the school district are permitted to honor their American Indian heritage through the display of culturally significant tribal regalia at a public event sponsored by the school district. Any item that promotes drug use, weapon use, threats of violence, sexual harassment, bullying, or other intimidation, or violates another district policy, state, or federal law may not be worn at a public event sponsored by the school district. Specific regulations shall be published annually in student handbooks. Cross Reference:

Policy 2333

Participation in Commencement Exercises

Legal Reference:

SB 319-Chapter 229 Tribal regalia and objects of cultural significance allowed at public events

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Sexual Harassment of Students The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates. The District is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations promulgated through the U.S. Department of Education not to discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX to the District may be referred to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both. The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s Title IX Coordinator: Nichole Pieper, JH/HS Principal 321 Central Ave W, PO Box 529, Cascade, MT 59421 nichole.pieper@cascade.k12.mt.us (406) 468-9383 x 106 Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, at any time, including during non-business hours. Such a report may be made in person, by mail, by telephone or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. For purposes of this policy and the grievance process, “sexual harassment” means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: 1.

A District employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;

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Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity or

3.

“Sexual assault” as defined in 20 USC 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(8) or “stalking” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(30).

When the harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex does not meet the definition of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator directs the individual to the applicable sex discrimination process for investigation. An individual is not required to submit a report of sexual harassment involving the Title IX coordinator. In the event the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for or a witness to the alleged

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3225 Page 2 of 3 harassment, the individual may report the allegations to the building principal or superintendent or other unbiased school official. Retaliation Prohibited The District prohibits intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or this policy, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation proceeding or hearing, if applicable. Intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination, including charges against an individual for code of conduct violations that do not involve sex discrimination or sexual harassment, but arise out of the same facts or circumstances as a report or complaint of sex discrimination, or a report or formal complaint of sexual harassment, for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or this part, constitutes retaliation. Confidentiality The District must keep confidential the identity of any individual who has made a report or complaint of sex discrimination, including any individual who has made a report or filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment, any individual who has been alleged to be the victim or perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, and any witness, except as may be permitted by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or as required by law, or to carry out the purposes of the Title IX regulations, including the conduct of any investigation, hearing or judicial proceeding arising thereunder. Notice Requirements The District provides notice to applicants for admission and employment, students, parents or legal guardians of elementary and secondary school students, employees and the union(s) with the name or title, office address, email address and telephone number of the Title IX Coordinator and notice of the District grievance procedures and process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to file a formal complaint of sexual harassment and how the District will respond. The District also posts the Title IX Coordinator’s contact information and Title IX policies and procedures in a prominent location on the District website and in all handbooks made available by the District. Training Requirements The District ensures that Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process, receives training on the definition of sexual harassment, the scope of the District’s education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process including hearings, appeals and informal resolution processes, when applicable, and how to serve impartially including by avoiding prejudgment of © MTSBA 2021


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3225 Page 3 of 3 the facts at issue, conflicts of interest and bias. The District also ensures that decision-makers and investigators receive training on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant as set forth in the formal procedures that follow, and training on any technology to be used at a live hearing, if applicable. Investigators also receive training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence. All materials used to train individuals who receive training under this section must not rely on sex stereotypes and must promote impartial investigations and adjudications of formal complaints of sexual harassment and are made publicly available on the District’s website. Conflict of Interest and Bias The District ensures that Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainants or respondents generally or an individual complainant or respondent. Determination of Responsibility The individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment is presumed not responsible for alleged conduct. A determination regarding responsibility will be made by the decision-maker at the conclusion of the investigation in accordance with the process outlined in Policy 3225P. No disciplinary sanctions will be imposed unless and until a final determination of responsibility is reached. Cross Reference:

Policy 3210 - Equal Education, Nondiscrimination and Sex Equity Policy 3225P – Sexual Harassment Procedures

Legal References:

Art. X, Sec. 1, Montana Constitution – Educational goals and duties §§ 49-3-101, et seq., MCA Montana Human Rights Act Civil Rights Act, Title VI; 42 USC 2000d et seq. Civil Rights Act, Title VII; 42 USC 2000e et seq. Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX; 20 USC 1681 et seq. 34 CFR Part 106 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance 10.55.701(1)(f), ARM Board of Trustees 10.55.719, ARM Student Protection Procedures 10.55.801(1)(a), ARM School Climate

Policy History: Adopted on: May 21, 2001 Reviewed on: July 16, 2019 Revised on: April 15, 2008, September 15, 2020 © MTSBA 2021


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Sexual Harassment Reporting/Intake Form for Students This form is not required. Complaints may be submitted in any manner noted in Policy 3225. The form may be used by the Title IX Coordinator to document allegations.

School ______________________________________________ Date ___________________ Student’s name _________________________________________________________________ • Who was responsible for the harassment or incident(s)? ______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Describe the incident(s). ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Date(s), time(s), and place(s) the incident(s) occurred. _______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Were other individuals involved in the incident(s)? c yes c no If so, name the individual(s) and explain their roles. ____________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Did anyone witness the incident(s)? c yes c no If so, name the witnesses. ________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Did you take any action in response to the incident? c yes c no If yes, what action did you take? ___________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ • Were there any prior incidents? c yes c no If so, describe any prior incidents. __________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Signature of complainant _________________________________________________________ Signatures of parents/legal guardians _______________________________________________ Retaliation is prohibited by federal law and district policy. The identity of the individual signing this form will remain confidential in accordance with law and policy.

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Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure - Students The Board requires the following grievance process to be followed for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited as sexual harassment by Title IX. The Board directs the process to be published in accordance with all statutory and regulatory requirements. Definitions The following definitions apply for Title IX policies and procedures: “Actual knowledge:” notice of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment to the District’s Title IX Coordinator or any official of the District who has authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of the District, or to any employee of an elementary or secondary school. “Education program or activity:” includes locations, events or circumstances over which the District exercised substantial control over both the individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs. “Complainant:” an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment. “Respondent:” an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment. “Formal complaint:” a document filed by a Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging sexual harassment against a Respondent and requesting that the District investigate the allegation of sexual harassment. “Supportive measures:” non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available and without fee or charge to the Complainant or Respondent before or after the filing of a formal complaint or where no formal complaint has been filed. District Requirements When the District has actual knowledge of sexual harassment in an education program or activity of the District, the District will respond promptly in a manner that is not deliberately indifferent. When the harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex does not meet the definition of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will direct the individual to the applicable sex


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3225P Page 2 of 9 discrimination process, bullying and harassment policy, or public complaint procedure for investigation. The District treats individuals who are alleged to be the victim (Complainant) and perpetrator (Respondent) of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment equitably by offering supportive measures. Supportive measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the District’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment. Supportive measures may include counseling, extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, modifications of work or class schedules, mutual restrictions on contact between the parties, leaves of absence, increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the District’s property, campus escort services, changes in work locations and other similar measures. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the effective implementation of supportive measures. Upon the receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator must promptly contact the Complainant to discuss the availability of supportive measures, consider the Complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures, inform the Complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a formal complaint, and explain to the Complainant the process for filing a formal complaint. If the District does not provide the Complainant with supportive measures, then the District must document the reasons why such a response was not clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances. Timelines The District has established reasonably prompt time frames for the conclusion of the grievance process, including time frames for filing and resolving appeals and informal resolution processes. The grievance process may be temporarily delayed or extended for good cause. Good cause may include considerations such as the absence of a party, a party’s advisor, or a witness; concurrent law enforcement activity; or the need for language assistance or accommodation of disabilities. In the event the grievance process is temporarily delayed for good cause, the District will provide written notice to the Complainant and the Respondent of the delay or extension and the reasons for the action. Response to a Formal Complaint At the time of filing a formal complaint, a Complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the District with which the formal complaint is filed. A formal complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, by electronic mail, or other means designated by the District. The District must follow the formal complaint process before the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions or other actions that are not supportive measures. However, nothing in this policy precludes the District from removing a Respondent from the District’s education program or


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3225P page 3 of 9 activity on an emergency basis, provided that the District undertakes an individualized safety and risk analysis, determines that an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of any student or other individual arising from the allegations of sexual harassment justifies removal, and provides the Respondent with notice and an opportunity to challenge the decision immediately following the removal. A period of removal may include the opportunity for the student to continue instruction in an offsite capacity. The District may also place a non-student employee Respondent on administrative leave during the pendency of the grievance process. This provision may not be construed to modify any rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the District must provide written notice to the known parties including: 1.

Notice of the allegations of sexual harassment, including information about the identities of the parties involved in the incident, the conduct allegedly constituting sexual harassment, the date and location of the alleged incident, and any sufficient details known at the time. Such notice must be provided with sufficient time to prepare a response before any initial interview;

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An explanation of the District’s investigation procedures, including any informal resolution process;

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A statement that the Respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct and that a determination regarding responsibility will be made by the decision-maker at the conclusion of the investigation;

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Notice to the parties that they may have an advisor of their choice who may be, but is not required to be, an attorney, and may inspect and review any evidence; and

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Notice to the parties of any provision in the District’s code of conduct or policy that prohibits knowingly making false statements or knowingly submitting false information.

If, in the course of an investigation, the District decides to investigate allegations about the Complainant or Respondent that are not included in the notice initially provided, notice of the additional allegations must be provided to known parties. The District may consolidate formal complaints as to allegations of sexual harassment against more than one Respondent, or by more than one Complainant against one or more Respondents, or by one party against the other party, where the allegations of sexual harassment arise out of the same facts or circumstances.


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3225P page 4 of 9 Investigation of a Formal Complaint When investigating a formal complaint and throughout the grievance process, the District must: 1.

Ensure that the burden of proof and the burden of gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination regarding responsibility rests on the District and not the parties’;

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Provide an equal opportunity for the parties to present witnesses and evidence;

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Not restrict either party’s ability to discuss the allegations under investigation or to gather and present relevant evidence;

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Allow the parties to be accompanied with an advisor of the party’s choice who may be, but is not required to be, an attorney. The District may establish restrictions regarding the extent to which the advisor may participate in the proceedings, as long as the restrictions apply equally to both parties;

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Provide written notice of the date, time, location, participants, and purpose of any interview or meeting at which a party is expected to participate, with sufficient time for the party to prepare to participate;

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Provide the parties equal access to review all the evidence collected which is directly related to the allegations raised in a formal complaint and comply with the review periods outlined in this process;

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Objectively evaluate all relevant evidence without relying on sex stereotypes;

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Ensure that Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers and individuals who facilitate an informal resolution process, do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent;

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Not make creditability determinations based on the individual’s status as Complainant, Respondent or witness;

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Not use questions or evidence that constitute or seek disclosure of privileged information unless waived.

Dismissal of Formal Complaints If the conduct alleged in the formal complaint would not constitute sexual harassment even if proved, did not occur in the District’s education program or activity, or did not occur against a

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3225P page 5 of 9 person in the United States, then the District must dismiss the formal complaint with regard to that conduct for purposes of sexual harassment under this policy. The Title IX Coordinator also may dismiss the formal complaint or any allegations therein at any time during the investigation or hearing, if applicable, when any of the following apply: 1.

a Complainant provides written notification to the Title IX Coordinator that the Complainant would like to withdraw the formal complaint or any allegations therein;

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the Respondent is no longer enrolled or employed by the District or;

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specific circumstances prevent the District from gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination as to the formal complaint or allegations therein.

Upon dismissal, the Title IX Coordinator promptly sends written notice of the dismissal and the reasons for dismissal simultaneously to both parties. The grievance process will close in the event a notice of dismissal is provided to the parties. Support measures may continue following dismissal. Evidence Review The District provides both parties an equal opportunity to inspect and review any evidence obtained as part of the investigation so that each party can meaningfully respond to the evidence prior to the conclusion of the investigation. The evidence provided by the District must include evidence that is directly related to the allegations in the formal complaint, evidence upon which the District does not intend to rely in reaching a determination regarding responsibility, and any inculpatory or exculpatory evidence whether obtained from a party or other source. Prior to completion of the investigative report, the Title IX Coordinator must send to each party and the party’s advisor, if any, the evidence subject to inspection and review in an electronic format or a hard copy. The parties have 10 calendar days to submit a written response to the Title IX Coordinator, which the investigator will consider prior to completion of the investigative report. Investigative Report The investigator must prepare an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence and send the report to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator must send to each party and the party’s advisor, if any, the investigative report in an electronic format or a hard copy, for their review and written response. The parties have 10 calendar days to submit a written response to the Title IX Coordinator. Decision-Maker’s Determination The investigative report is submitted to the decision-maker. The decision-maker cannot be the same person(s) as the Title IX Coordinator or the investigator. The decision-maker cannot hold a © MTSBA 2020


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3225P page 6 of 9 hearing or make a determination regarding responsibility until 10 calendar days from the date the Complainant and Respondent receive the investigator’s report. Prior to reaching a determination regarding responsibility, the decision-maker must afford each party the opportunity to submit written, relevant questions that a party wants asked of any party or witness, provide each party with the answers, and allow for additional, limited follow-up questions from each party. Questions and evidence about the Complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant, unless such questions and evidence about the Complainant’s prior sexual behavior are offered to prove that someone other than the Respondent committed the conduct alleged by the Complainant, or if the questions and evidence concern specific incidents of the Complainant’s prior sexual behavior with respect to the Respondent and are offered to prove consent. Questions must be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator within three calendar days from the date the Complainant and Respondent receive the investigator’s report. The decision-maker must issue a written determination regarding responsibility based on a preponderance of the evidence standard. The decision-maker’s written determination must: 1.

Identify the allegations potentially constituting sexual harassment;

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Describe the procedural steps taken, including any notifications to the parties, interviews with parties and witnesses, site visits, methods used to gather evidence, and hearings held;

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Include the findings of fact supporting the determination;

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Draw conclusions regarding the application of any District policies and/or code of conduct rules to the facts;

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Address each allegation and a resolution of the complaint including a determination regarding responsibility, the rationale therefor, any recommended disciplinary sanction(s) imposed on the Respondent, and whether remedies designed to restore or preserve access to the educational program or activity will be provided by the District to the Complainant and

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The procedures and permissible bases for the Complainant and/or Respondent to appeal the determination.

A copy of the written determination must be provided to both parties simultaneously, and generally will be provided within 60 calendar days from the District’s receipt of a formal complaint.

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3225P page 7 of 9 The determination regarding responsibility becomes final either on the date that the District provides the parties with the written determination of the result of the appeal, if an appeal is filed, or if an appeal is not filed, the date on which an appeal would no longer be considered timely. Where a determination of responsibility for sexual harassment has been made against the Respondent, the District will provide remedies to the Complainant that are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity. Such remedies may include supportive measures; however, remedies need not be non-disciplinary or non-punitive and need not avoid burdening the Respondent. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for effective implementation of any remedies. Following any determination of responsibility, the District may implement disciplinary sanctions in accordance with State or Federal law and or/the negotiated agreement. For students, the sanctions may include disciplinary action, up to and including permanent exclusion. Appeals Either the Complainant or Respondent may appeal the decision-maker’s determination regarding responsibility or a dismissal of a formal complaint, on the following bases: 1.

Procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter;

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New evidence that was not reasonably available at the time that could affect the outcome and

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The Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decision-maker had a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent that affected the outcome.

The District also may offer an appeal equally to both parties on additional bases. The request to appeal must be made in writing to the Title IX Coordinator within seven calendar days after the date of the written determination. The appeal decision-maker must not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent and cannot be the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator, or the decision-maker from the original determination. The appeal decision-maker must notify the other party in writing when an appeal is filed and give both parties a reasonable equal opportunity to submit a written statement in support of, or challenging, the outcome. After reviewing the evidence, the appeal decision-maker must issue a written decision describing the result of the appeal and the rationale for the result. The decision must be provided to both parties simultaneously, and generally will be provided within 10 calendar days from the date the appeal is filed. © MTSBA 2020


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3225P page 8 of 9 Informal Resolution Process Except when concerning allegations that an employee sexually harassed a student, at any time during the formal complaint process and prior to reaching a determination regarding responsibility, the District may facilitate an informal resolution process, such as mediation, that does not involve a full investigation and determination of responsibility, provided that the District: 1.

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Provides to the parties a written notice disclosing: A.

The allegations;

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The requirements of the informal resolution process including the circumstances under which it precludes the parties from resuming a formal complaint arising from the same allegations, provided, however, that at any time prior to agreeing to a resolution, any party has the right to withdraw from the informal resolution process and resume the Title IX formal complaint process with respect to the formal complaint; and

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Any consequences resulting from participating in the informal resolution process, including the records that will be maintained or could be shared.

Obtains the parties’ voluntary, written consent to the informal resolution process.

The informal resolution process generally will be completed within 30 calendar days, unless the parties and the Title IX Coordinator mutually agree to temporarily delay or extend the process. The formal grievance process timelines are stayed during the parties’ participation in the informal resolution process. If the parties do not reach resolution through the informal resolution process, the parties will resume the formal complaint grievance process, including timelines for resolution, at the point they left off. Recordkeeping The District must maintain for a period of seven years records of: 1.

Each sexual harassment investigation, including any determination regarding responsibility, any disciplinary sanctions imposed on the Respondent, and any remedies provided to the Complainant designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity;

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Any appeal and the result therefrom;

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Any informal resolution and the result therefrom; and

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All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. The District must make these training materials publicly available on its website.

The District must create, and maintain for a period of seven years, records of any actions, including any supportive measures, taken in response to a report or formal complaint of sexual harassment. In each instance, the District must document the basis for its conclusion that its response was not deliberately indifferent, and document that it has taken measures designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity. Cross Reference:

Policy 3210 Policy 3225 Policy 3310

Legal References:

Art. X, Sec. 1, Montana Constitution – Educational goals and duties Section 49-3-101, et seq., MCA, Montana Human Rights Act Civil Rights Act, Title VI; 42 USC 2000d et seq. Civil Rights Act, Title VII; 42 USC 2000e et seq. Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX; 20 USC 1681 et seq. Section 20-5-201, MCA, Duties and Sanctions Section 20-5-202, MCA, Suspension and Expulsion 34 CFR Part 106 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance 10.55.701(1)(f), ARM Board of Trustees 10.55.719, ARM Student Protection Procedures 10.55.801(1)(a), ARM School Climate

Policy History: Adopted on: September 15, 2020 Reviewed on: September 10, 2021 Revised on: September 14, 2021

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Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing The Board will strive to provide a positive and productive learning and working environment. Bullying, harassment, intimidation, or hazing, by students, staff, or third parties, is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated. Definitions 1.

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“Third parties” include but are not limited to coaches, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors or others engaged in District business, such as employees of businesses or organizations participating in cooperative work programs with the District, and others not directly subject to District control at inter-district and intra-District athletic competitions or other school events. “District” includes District facilities, District premises, and non-District property if the student or employee is at any District-sponsored, District-approved, or District-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events, where students are under the control of the District or where the employee is engaged in District business. “Hazing” includes but is not limited to any act that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or as a condition or precondition of attaining membership in or affiliation with any District-sponsored activity or grade-level attainment, including but not limited to forced consumption of any drink, alcoholic beverage, drug, or controlled substance, forced exposure to the elements, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, sleep deprivation, or any other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of a student; requires, encourages, authorizes, or permits another to be subject to wearing or carrying any obscene or physically burdensome article, assignment of pranks to be performed, or other such activities intended to degrade or humiliate. "Bullying" means any harassment, intimidation, hazing, or threatening, insulting, or demeaning gesture or physical contact, including any intentional written, verbal, or electronic communication (“cyberbullying”) or threat directed against a student that is persistent, severe, or repeated, and that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, at any official school bus stop, or anywhere conduct may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a student or staff member or an interference with school purposes or an educational function, and that has the effect of: a. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; b. Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; c. Creating a hostile educational environment, or; d. Substantially and materially disrupts the orderly operation of a school. “Electronic communication device” means any mode of electronic communication, including but not limited to computers, cell phones, PDAs, or the internet.

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3226 Page 2 of 2 Reporting All complaints about behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. Any student, employee, or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she has been a victim of hazing, harassment, intimidation, or bullying in violation of this policy is encouraged to immediately report his/her concerns to the building principal or the District Administrator, who have overall responsibility for such investigations. A student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor, who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate District official. Complaints against the building principal shall be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent or District Administrator shall be filed with the Board. The complainant shall be notified of the findings of the investigation and, as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken. Exhaustion of administrative remedies A person alleging violation of any form of harassment, intimidation, hazing, or threatening, insulting, or demeaning gesture or physical contact, including any intentional written, verbal, or electronic communication, as stated above, may seek redress under any available law, either civil or criminal, after exhausting all administrative remedies. Responsibilities The District Administrator shall be responsible for ensuring notice of this policy is provided to students, staff, and third parties and for the development of administrative regulations, including reporting and investigative procedures, as needed. When an employee has actual knowledge that behavior in violation of this policy is sexual harassment, the employee must contact the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX sexual harassment grievance process will be followed, if applicable, prior to imposing any discipline that cannot be imposed without resolution of the Title IX process. Consequences Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the District Administrator or the Board. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. Retaliation and Reprisal Retaliation is prohibited against any person who reports or is thought to have reported a violation, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy, whether or not a complaint is substantiated. False charges shall also be regarded as a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action or other appropriate sanctions. Cross Reference:

3225 Sexual Harassment 3225 Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure 3225F Harassment Reporting/Intake Form for Students

Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-207, MCA § 20-5-208, MCA § 20-50-209, MCA

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Enforcement – exhaustion of administrative remedies Board of Trustees Student Protection Procedures School Climate

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2006 Reviewed on: Revised on: March 20, 2007, February 17, 2009, March 10, 2014, August 18, 2015, September 15, 2020

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Searches and Seizure The goal of search and seizure with respect to students is meeting the educational needs of children and ensuring their security. The objective of any search and/or seizure is not the eradication of crime in the community. Searches may be carried out to recover stolen property, to detect illegal substances or weapons, or to uncover any matter reasonably believed to be a threat to the maintenance of an orderly educational environment. The Board authorizes school authorities to conduct reasonable searches of school property and equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects, to maintain order and security in the schools. The search of a student, by authorized school authorities, is reasonable if it is both: (1) justified at its inception, and (2) reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which justified the interference in the first place. School authorities are authorized to utilize any reasonable means of conducting searches, including but not limited to the following: 1. 2. 3. 4.

A “pat down” of the exterior of the student’s clothing; A search of the student’s clothing, including pockets; A search of any container or object used by, belonging to, or otherwise in the possession or control of a student; and/or Devices or tools identified in school district policy or the student handbook or deemed necessary by the Superintendent or designee.

The “pat down” or “search’ of a student, if conducted, will be conducted by a school official or employee of the same gender as the student being searched. School Property and Equipment and Personal Effects of Students School authorities may inspect and search school property and equipment owned or controlled by the District (such as lockers, desks, and parking lots). The Superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials, including their use of specially trained dogs, to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs, weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or material. Students School officials may search any individual student, his/her property, or District property under his/her control, when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence that he/she is violating the law, Board policy, administrative regulation, or other rules of the District © MTSBA 2022


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3231 page 2 of 2 or the school. Reasonable suspicion shall be based on specific and objective facts that the search will produce evidence related to the alleged violation. The types of student property that may be searched by school officials include but are not limited to lockers, desks, purses, backpacks, student vehicles parked on District property, cellular phones, or other electronic communication devices. Students may not use, transport, carry, or possess illegal drugs or any weapons in their vehicles on school property. While on school property, vehicles may be inspected at any time by staff, or by contractors employed by the District utilizing trained dogs, for the presence of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons. In the event the school has reason to believe that drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons are present, including by alert-trained dogs, the student’s vehicle will be searched, and the student expressly consents to such a search. Also, by parking in the school parking lots, the student consents to having his/her vehicle searched if the school authorities have any other reasonable suspicion to believe that a violation of school rules or policy has occurred. Seizure of Property When a search produces evidence that a student has violated or is violating either a law or District policies or rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities and disciplinary action may be taken. As appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.

Legal Reference:

Safford Unified School Dist. No. 1 v. Redding, 557 U.S. 364, 129 S.Ct. 2633 (2009) Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, 20 (1968) B.C. v. Plumas, (9th Cir. 1999) 192 F.3d 1260

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 4/15/08, 2/17/09, 2/17/15, 10/19/21

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Searches and Seizure The following rules shall apply to any searches and the seizure of any property by school personnel: 1.

The Superintendent, principal, and the authorized assistants of either shall be authorized to conduct any searches or to seize property on or near school premises, as further provided in this procedure.

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If the authorized administrator has reasonable suspicion to believe that any locker, car, or other container of any kind on school premises contains any item or substance which constitutes an imminent danger to the health and safety of any person or to the property of any person or the District, the administrator is authorized to conduct a search of any car, locker, or container and to seize any such item or substance of any kind on school premises without notice or consent.

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No student shall hinder, obstruct, or prevent any search authorized by this procedure.

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Whenever circumstances allow, any search or seizure authorized in this procedure shall be conducted in the presence of at least one (1) adult witness, and a written record of the time, date, and results shall be made by the administrator. A copy shall be forwarded to the Superintendent as soon as possible.

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In any instance where an item or substance is found which would appear to be in violation of the law, the circumstance shall be reported promptly to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Procedure History: Promulgated on: Revised on: Revised on:

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Student Use of Buildings: Equal Access Non-curricular groups of students not previously recognized as curricular student organization under Policy 3510 or 3550 may gather on school premises under the following guidelines without restriction on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the meeting. Students wishing to form curricular groups or organizations recognized by the school administration may do so in accordance with policy 3510 or 3550. The following guidelines must be met: 1.

The meeting is voluntary and student-initiated.

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There is no sponsorship of the meeting by the school district, or its agents or employees.

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The meeting must occur during non-instructional time on regular school days.

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Employees or agents of the school district are present only in a capacity outside of their official duties.

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The meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school.

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Non-school persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities.

Although the school assumes no sponsorship of these kinds of meetings, all meetings held on school premises must be scheduled and approved by the principal. This policy pertains to student meetings. The school has the authority, through its agent or employees, to maintain order and discipline on school premises and to protect the well-being of students and faculty. Cross Reference:

Policy 3510 School Sponsored Activities Policy 3222 – Distribution and Posting Materials Policy 4331 – Use of School Property for Posting Notices

Legal Reference:

20 U.S.C. 4071 Equal Access Act Board of Education v. Mergens, 110 S.Ct. 2356 (1990)

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: March 20, 2007 Revised on: July 21, 2021

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Video Surveillance The Board authorizes the use of video cameras on District property to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of all staff, students, and visitors to District property and to safeguard District buildings, grounds, buses, and equipment. The Superintendent will approve appropriate locations for video cameras. The Superintendent will notify staff and students, through staff and student handbooks or by other means, that video surveillance may occur on District property. A notice will also be posted at the main entrance of all District buildings, and on all buses, indicating the use of video surveillance. The District may choose to make video recordings a part of a student’s educational record or of a staff member’s personnel record. The District will comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to record maintenance and retention. The following employees will have access to the system for monitoring, maintenance, and necessary retention: Superintendent, Principals. IT and Maintenance Responsibilities governing access to the system will be outlined in the employee’s respective job description. Video recordings will be totally without sound. Cross Reference:

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Student Records

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 2/21/06, 9/17/13, 10/19/21

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Suspension and Expulsion - Corrective Actions and Punishment The Board recognizes that every student is entitled to due process rights that are provided by law. Suspension •

“Suspension” means the exclusion of a student from attending individual classes or school and participating in school activities for an initial period not exceed ten (10) school days. An administrator may order suspension of a student.

The procedure set forth below will be followed when a proposed punishment of a student is to include denial of the right of school attendance from any single class or from a full schedule of classes for at least one (1) day. Before any suspension is ordered, a building administrator will meet with a student to explain charges of misconduct, and the student will be given an opportunity to respond to the charges. When a student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or poses an ongoing threat of disruption to the educational process, a pre-suspension conference will not be required, and an administrator may suspend a student immediately. In such cases, a building administrator will provide notice of and schedule a conference as soon as practicable following the suspension. A building administrator will report any suspension immediately to a student’s parent or legal guardian. An administrator will provide a written report of suspension that states reasons for a suspension, including any school rule that was violated, and a notice to a parent or guardian of the right to a review of a suspension. An administrator will send a copy of the report and notice to the Superintendent. The Superintendent will conduct a review of any suspension on request of a parent or legal guardian. A student and parent or legal guardian may meet with the Superintendent to discuss suspension. After the meeting and after concluding a review, the Superintendent will take such final action as appropriate. Upon a finding by a school administrator that the immediate return to school by a student would be detrimental to the health, welfare, or safety of others or would be disruptive of the educational process, a student may be suspended for one (1) additional period not to exceed ten (10) school days, if the student is granted an informal hearing with the school administrator prior to the additional suspension, and if the decision to impose the additional suspension does not violate the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Rehabilitation Act. Students who are suspended from any class or from school entirely have the right to make up any work missed according to the student handbook. Expulsion •

“Expulsion” is any removal of a student for more than twenty (20) school days without the provision of educational services. Expulsion is a disciplinary action available only to the Board.

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3300 page 2 of 3 The Board, and only the Board, may expel a student from school and may do so only after following due process procedures set forth below. The Board will provide written notice to a student and parent or legal guardian of a hearing to consider a recommendation for expulsion, which will be sent by registered or certified mail at least five (5) school days before the date of the scheduled hearing. The notice will include time and place of hearing, information describing the process to be used to conduct the hearing, and notice that the Board intends to conduct the hearing in closed session unless a parent or legal guardian waives the student’s right to privacy. Within the limitation that a hearing must be conducted during a period of student suspension, a hearing to consider expulsion may be rescheduled when a parent or legal guardian submits a request showing good cause to the Superintendent at least two (2) school days before a hearing date as originally scheduled. The Superintendent will determine if a request shows good cause to reschedule a hearing. The student has the right to be present for the duration of the hearing. At hearing the student may be represented by counsel and ask questions, present perspectives, and provide witnesses or documentation. The Board is not bound by formal rules of evidence in conducting the hearing. Each school shall maintain a record of any disciplinary action that is educationally related, with explanation, taken against the student. When the Board of Trustees takes disciplinary action against a student, the Board must keep a written record of the action taken, with detailed explanation, even if the disciplinary action is decided during a closed session. A disciplinary action that is educationally related is an action that results in the expulsion or out-of-school suspension of the student. This record must be maintained/destroyed consistent with Montana Local Government Records Schedule 7, and is subject to transfer to a local educational agency, accredited school, or nonpublic school pursuant to 20-1-213, MCA. Procedures for Suspension and Expulsion of Students With Disabilities The District will comply with provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Rehabilitation Act when disciplining students. The Board will not expel any special education student when the student’s particular act of gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of the student’s disability. The Board may expel pursuant to its expulsion procedures any special education student whose gross disobedience or misconduct is not a manifestation of the student’s disability. A disabled student will continue to receive education services as provided in the IDEA or Rehabilitation Act during a period of expulsion. A building administrator may suspend a child with a disability from the child’s current placement for not more than ten (10) consecutive school days for any violation of school rules, and additional removals of not more than ten (10) consecutive school days in that same school year for separate incidents of misconduct, as long as those removals do not constitute a change of placement under 34 CFR 300.519(b), whether or not a student’s gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of a student’s disabling condition. Any special education student who has exceeded or who will exceed ten (10) days of suspension may temporarily be excluded from school by court order or by order of a hearing officer, if the District demonstrates that maintaining the student in the student’s current placement is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or to others. After a child with a disability has been removed from his or her placement for more than ten (10) school days in the same school year, during any subsequent days of removal the public agency must provide services to the extent required under 34 CFR 300.121(d).

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3300 page 3 of 3 An administrator may remove from current placement any special education student who has carried a weapon to school or to a school function or who knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school or a school function or inflicts serious bodily injury on another person while at school on school premises, or at a school function under the jurisdiction. A serious bodily injury is one that involves a substantial risk of death; extreme physical pain; protracted and obvious disfigurement; or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ or faculty. The District will place such student in an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for no more than forty-five (45) school days in accordance with the IDEA or Rehabilitation Act.

Legal Reference:

20 U.S.C. 1400, et seq. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 34 CFR 300.519-521 Procedural Safeguards § 20-4-302, MCA Discipline and punishment of pupils –definition of corporal punishment – penalty – defense § 20-4-402, MCA Duties of district superintendent or county high school principal § 20-5-105, MCA Attendance officer – powers and duties § 20-5-106, MCA Truancy § 20-5-201, MCA Duties and sanctions § 20-5-202, MCA Suspension and expulsion ARM 10.16.3346 Aversive Treatment Procedures ARM 10.55.910 Student Discipline Records Goss v. Lopez, 419 US 565 (1975) Section 504 IDEA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: April 15, 2008 Revised on: October 20, 2009

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Cascade Public Schools STUDENTS

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Student Discipline The Board grants authority to a teacher or principal to hold a student to strict accountability for disorderly conduct in a school building, on property owned or leased by a school district, on a school bus, on the way to or from school, or during intermission or recess. Disciplinary action may be taken against any student guilty of gross disobedience or misconduct, including but not limited to instances set forth below: • •

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Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling tobacco products, and alternative nicotine and vapor products as defined in 16-11-302, MCA. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling alcoholic beverages, including powdered alcohol. Students who may be under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted to attend school functions and will be treated as though they had alcohol in their possession. Using, possessing, distributing, purchasing, or selling drug paraphernalia, illegal drugs, marijuana, controlled substances, or any substance which is represented to be or looks like a narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, stimulant, depressant, or intoxicant of any kind, including such substances that contain chemicals which produce the same effect of illegal substances including but not limited to Spice and K2. Students who may be under the influence of such substances will not be permitted to attend school functions and will be treated as though they had drugs in their possession. Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring a firearm or other weapon in violation of Policy 3311. Using, possessing, controlling, or transferring any object that reasonably could be considered or used as a weapon as referred to in Policy 3311. Disobeying directives from staff members or school officials or disobeying rules and regulations governing student conduct. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, or other comparable conduct toward anyone or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Causing or attempting to cause damage to, or stealing or attempting to steal, school property or another person’s property. Engaging in any activity that constitutes an interference with school purposes or an educational function or any other disruptive activity. Unexcused absenteeism. Truancy statutes and Board policy will be utilized for chronic and habitual truants. Intimidation, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, hazing or bullying; or retaliation against any person who alleged misconduct under Policy 3225 or 3226 or participated in an investigation into alleged misconduct under Policy 3225 or 3226. Defaces or damages any school building, school grounds, furniture, equipment, or book belonging to the district.

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Forging any signature or making any false entry or attempting to authorize any document used or intended to be used in connection with the operation of a school. Engaging in academic misconduct which may include but is not limited to: cheating, unauthorized sharing of exam responses or graded assignment work; plagiarism, accessing websites or electronic resources without authorization to complete assigned coursework, and any other act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student.

These grounds stated above for disciplinary action apply whenever a student’s conduct is reasonably related to school or school activities, including but not limited to the circumstances set forth below: • • • •

On school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any other time when school is being used by a school group. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event or any activity or event that bears a reasonable relationship to school. Travel to and from school or a school activity, function, or event. Anywhere conduct may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of bullying of a staff member or student, or an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

Disciplinary Measures Disciplinary measures include but are not limited to: • Expulsion • Suspension • Detention, including Saturday school • Clean-up duty • Loss of student privileges • Loss of bus privileges • Notification to juvenile authorities and/or police • Restitution for damages to school property No District employee or person engaged by the District may inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment on a student. Corporal punishment does not include reasonable force District personnel are permitted to use as needed to maintain safety for other students, school personnel, or other persons or for the purpose of self-defense. Non-Disciplinary Measures The Superintendent or designee is authorized to assign a student to non-disciplinary offsite instruction pending the results of an investigation or for reasons related to the safety or wellbeing of students and staff. During the period of non-disciplinary offsite instruction, the student will be permitted to complete all assigned schoolwork for full credit. The assignment of non© MTSBA 2021


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3310 page 3 of 3 disciplinary offsite instruction does not preclude the Superintendent or designee from disciplining a student who has, after investigation, been found to have violated a School District policy, rule, or handbook provision. Delegation of Authority The Board grants authority to any teacher and to any other school personnel to impose on students under their charge any disciplinary measure, other than suspension or expulsion, corporal punishment, or in-school suspension, that is appropriate and in accordance with policies and rules on student discipline. The Board authorizes teachers to remove students from classrooms for disruptive behavior. Cross Reference:

3300 3225 3226 5015

Suspension and Expulsion Sexual Harassment of Students Bullying, Harassment Bullying, Harassment

Legal Reference:

§ 16-11-302(1)(7), MCA § 20-4-302, MCA

Definitions Discipline and punishment of pupils – definition of corporal punishment – penalty – defense § 20-5-202, MCA Suspension and expulsion § 45-8-361, MCA Possession or allowing possession of weapon in school building – exceptions – penalties – seizure and forfeiture or return authorized – definitions § 45-5-637, MCA Possession or consumption of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products by persons under 18 years of age is prohibited – unlawful attempt to purchase - penalties 29 U.S.C. § 701 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Initiative 190 – “Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.” January 1, 2021

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: August 15, 2006, January 20, 2009, June 21, 2011, March 10, 2014, August 18, 2015, September 20, 2020, July 21, 2021

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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Discipline of Students With Disabilities Code of Conduct Violations by Students With Disabilities, Resulting in Disciplinary Consequences of Ten (10) School Days or Less Student commits code of conduct violation for which the disciplinary consequence would result in removal from the student’s placement for ten (10) consecutive school days or less.

↓ School personnel may assign the consequence applicable to non-disabled students for a similar period of time, not to exceed ten (10) consecutive school days. Reg. 300.520(a)(1)(i).

↓ During the first (1st) ten (10) cumulative school days in one (1) school year, the school does not have to provide any services to the student if nondisabled students would not receive services. Reg. 300.121(d)(1).

↓ School personnel may continue to remove the student for disciplinary reasons for up to ten (10) school days at a time throughout the same school year for separate incidents of misconduct, so long as the removals do not constitute a change of placement under Reg. 300.519(b) and are those which would be applied to non-disabled students. Reg. 300.520(a)(1)(i).

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A series of disciplinary removals, each for ten (10) consecutive school days or less, may result in a change of placement if they cumulate to more than ten (10) school days in one (1) school year. School personnel should analyze the length of each removal, the proximity of the removals to each other, and the total amount of time the child is removed. Reg. 300.519(b). If a removal would result in a change of placement, a manifestation determination review (MDR) must first be done. Reg. 300.523(a).

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Beginning with the eleventh (11 ) day of disciplinary removals in a school year, educational services must be provided. Reg. 300.520(a)(1)(ii); Reg. 300.121(d)(2)(i)(A). If the removal does not result in a change of placement, school personnel, in consultation with the student’s special education teacher, determine the services to be provided. Reg. 300.121(d)(3)(i).

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The educational services to be provided must meet the standard of enabling the student to appropriately progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward achieving the goals in the IEP. Reg. 300.121(d)(2)(i)(A).


3310P page 2 of 8 Beginning with the eleventh (11th) day of disciplinary removals in a school year, the IEP Team must address behavioral issues. If the removal does not result in a change of placement, the IEP Team must meet within ten (10) business days of first removing the student for more than ten (10) school days in a school year, to develop a plan to conduct a functional behavioral assessment, if one was not conducted before the behavior that resulted in the removal. Reg. 300.520(b)(1)(i).

↓ After the functional behavioral assessment is completed, the IEP Team meets as soon as practicable to develop a behavioral intervention plan to address the behavior and implement the plan. Reg. 300.520(b)(2).

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↓ If the student is assigned subsequent disciplinary removals in a school year for ten (10) days or less that do not result in a change of placement, the IEP Team members (including the parent) informally review the←behavior intervention plan and its implementation to determine if modifications are necessary. Reg. 300.520(c)(2).

If the student’s IEP already includes a behavior intervention plan, within ten (10) business days of first removing the student for more than ten (10) school days in a school year, the IEP Team must meet to review the behavior intervention plan and its implementation, and modify the plan and its implementation as necessary to address the behavior. Reg. 300.520(b)(1)(ii).

↓ If one or more team members believe modifications are needed, the IEP Team must meet to modify the plan and its implementation to the extent the IEP Team deems necessary. Reg. 300.520(c)(2).

Code of Conduct Violations by Students With Disabilities for Which Recommended Disciplinary Consequences Would Result in Change of Placement for More Than Ten (10) School Days (Excluding Drug and Weapon Offenses) Student violates code of conduct, and the recommended disciplinary consequence would result in a removal from the current educational placement for more than ten (10) consecutive school days (alternate placement, expulsion). This constitutes a change of placement. Reg. 300.519(a).

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The recommended disciplinary consequence may be for a removal from the current educational placement for less than ten (10) consecutive school days, but may constitute a change of placement because the student has already been removed for disciplinary reasons for ten (10) or more school days in the current school year, and the length of each removal, their proximity to each other, and the total amount of time the student has been removed result in a change of placement. Reg. 300.519(b).


3310P page 3 of 8 School personnel may remove from current educational placement for ten (10) school days or less (Reg. 300.520(a)(1)(i)) and recommend further discipline according to the code of conduct. (The ten-(10)-day-or-less alternative must be one equally applicable to non-disabled. See pp. 1-2 for educational services to be provided during a short removal.) If a criminal act has been committed, charges may be filed, and law enforcement authorities to whom the crime was reported must be provided special education and disciplinary records to the extent disclosure is permitted by FERPA. Sec. 1415(k)(9). Reg. 300.529.

↓ At the time the decision is made to take this action, school personnel must notify parent of decision and provide procedural safeguards notice in Reg. 300.504. Sec. 1415(k)(4)(A)(i); Reg. 300.523(a)(1).

↓ Within ten (10) business days, IEP Team and other qualified personnel must meet and review relationship between disability and the behavior subject to disciplinary action (manifestation determination review – MDR). Sec. 1415(k)(4)(A); Reg. 300.523(a)(2), (b). If there has been no previous functional behavioral assessment and creation of a behavior intervention plan, the IEP Team must develop an assessment plan. Reg. 300.520(b)(1)(i). As soon as practicable after the assessment, the IEP Team must meet again to develop and implement the behavior intervention plan. Reg. 300.520(b)(2). If the IEP contains a behavior intervention plan, the IEP Team reviews the plan and its implementation and modifies them as necessary to address the behavior. Reg. 300.520(b)(1)(ii).

For the MDR, the IEP Team must look at all information relevant to the behavior subject to discipline, such as evaluation and diagnostic results, including such results and other relevant information from the parent, observation of the student, and the student’s IEP and placement. The misbehavior is not a manifestation of the disability, if the IEP Team finds that in relationship to the misbehavior subject to discipline: • The IEP and placement were appropriate; • Consistent with the content of the student’s IEP and placement, special education services, supplementary aids, and behavior intervention strategies were actually provided; • The disability did not impair the ability of the student to understand the impact and consequences of the misbehavior; and • The disability did not impair the ability of the student to control the misbehavior. Sec. 1415(k)(4)(C); Reg. 300.523(c).

↓ If the IEP Team determines any of the standards were not met, the misbehavior was a manifestation of the disability, and no punishment may be assessed. Reg. 300.523(d). If IEP Team identified deficiencies in IEP, placement, or implementation, it must take immediate steps to remedy. Reg. 300.523(f).


3310P page 4 of 8 Parent may appeal a finding that the misbehavior was not a manifestation of the disability. The hearing is expedited before a special education hearing officer, who applies the same standards as the IEP Team. Sec. 1415(k)(6); Reg. 300.525(a), (b).

If the IEP Team determines the misbehavior was not a manifestation of the disability, regular disciplinary consequences may be applied to the student, except that the student must continue to be provided a free appropriate public education. - -Sec. - 1415(k)(5)(A); Sec. 1412 (a)(1)(A); Reg. 300.121(a); Reg. 300.524(a). The campus must ensure that special education and disciplinary records are transmitted for consideration by the school district person making the final determination regarding the disciplinary action. Sec. 1415(k)(5)(B); Reg. 300.524(b).

Parent may appeal decision to place student in forty-five-(45)-day interim placement. The hearing is expedited before a special education hearing officer, who applies the standards regarding a dangerous student in Reg. 300.521. Sec. 1415(k)(6)(B)(ii); Reg. 300.525(b)(2).

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When a parent requests a hearing in a drug or weapon case to challenge the interim alternative placement or the manifestation determination, student remains in interim placement until decision of hearing officer or forty-five (45) days expires, whichever comes first, unless the parent and school agree otherwise. Reg. 300.526(a). Then student returns to current placement (defined as placement prior to interim alternative educational setting). School can ask for expedited hearing before special education hearing officer to prevent this return, if the student is substantially likely to injure self or others. Reg. 300.526(b), (c). The hearing officer applies the standards in Reg. 300.121. Reg. 300.526(c). Hearing officer can order another placement for up to forty-five (45) days. Reg. 300.526(c)(3). This procedure may be repeated as necessary. Sec. 1415(k)(7); Reg. 300.526(c)(4).

The standard the educational services must meet is to enable the child to appropriately progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward achieving the goals in the IEP. Reg. 300.121(d)(2)(i)(B); Reg. 300.524(a). The IEP Team must determine what services are necessary to meet this standard. Reg. 300.121(d)(3)(ii).

Drug and Weapon Offenses by Students With Disabilities Student carries weapon to school, or possesses, uses, sells, or solicits sale of - -substance illegal or controlled on school property or at a school function.

Illegal drug – controlled substance. Excludes legally used and possessed prescription drugs. Sec. 1415(k)(10)(B); Reg. 300.520(d)(2). Controlled substance – drug or substance in 21 U.S.C. § 812(c), Schedules I-V. Sec. 1415(k)(10)(A); Reg. 300.520 (d)(1). Weapon – A firearm and more. Something used for or readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. Excludes pocket knife with blade of 2½ inches or less. Sec. 1415(k)(10)(D); Reg. 300.520(d)(3).


3310P page 5 of 8 School personnel may remove from current educational placement for ten (10) school days or less, and recommend further discipline according to the code of conduct. Sec. 1415(k)(1)(A)(i); Reg. 300.520(a)(1)(i). (The ten-(10)-day-or-less alternative must be one equally applicable to non-disabled students. See pp. 1-2 for education services to be provided during a short removal.) If a criminal act has been committed, charges may be filed, and special education and disciplinary records will be transmitted to law enforcement authorities to whom the crime was reported, to the extent disclosure is permitted by FERPA. Sec. 1415(k)(9); Reg. 300.529.

The forty-five-(45)-day alternative interim placement must: • Enable student to progress in general curriculum, although in another setting; • Enable student to continue to receive those services and modifications, including those described in the student’s IEP, that will enable the student to meet the goals set out in that IEP; and • Include services and modifications designed to address the drug or weapon offense so that it does not recur. Sec. 1415(k)(3)(B); Reg. 300.522; Reg. 300.121 (d)(2)(ii).

↓ At time decision is made to take this disciplinary action, school personnel must notify parent of decision and provide procedural safeguards notice in Reg. 300.504. Sec. 1415(k)(4)(A)(i); Reg. 300.523(a)(1).

↓ Within ten (10) business days, IEP Team must meet and may extend the removal by placing student in appropriate interim alternative educational setting applicable to non-disabled student for same amount of time non-disabled student would be assigned, but not more than forty-five (45) calendar days. Sec. 1415 (k)(1)(A)(ii) and (3)(A); Reg. 300.520(a)(2); Reg. 300.522(a). IEP Team must review the behavior intervention plan, if one exists, and its implementation and modify, as necessary, to address behavior. Reg. 300.520(b)(1)(ii). If there has been no previous functional behavioral assessment and creation of behavior intervention plan, IEP Team must develop assessment plan. Sec. 1415(k)(1)(B); Reg. 300.520(b)(1)(i). As soon as practicable after the assessment, the IEP Team must meet again to develop and implement the behavior intervention plan. Reg. 300.520(b)(2). The IEP Team and other qualified personnel must review the relationship between disability and the behavior subject to disciplinary action (manifestation determination review-MDR). Sec. 1415(k)(4)(A); Reg. 300.523 (a)(2)(b).

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Comments to regulations: Students may be subject to multiple forty - five - (45) - day interim placements for separate drug and weapon offenses. The forty - five - (45) - day interim placement may be completed even if drug or weapon offense was manifestation of disability. If misbehavior was not a manifestation of disability, regular disciplinary consequence can be applied in addition to forty - five - (45) - day interim placement.


3310P page 6 of 8 For the MDR, the IEP Team must look at all information relevant to the behavior subject to discipline, such as evaluation and diagnostic results, including such results and other relevant information from the parent, observation of the student, and the student’s IEP and placement. The misbehavior is not a manifestation of the disability if the IEP Team finds that, in relationship to the misbehavior subject to discipline: • The IEP and placement were appropriate; • Consistent with the content of the student’s IEP and placement, special education services, supplementary aids and services, and behavior intervention strategies were actually provided; • The disability did not impair the ability of student to understand the impact and consequences of the misbehavior; and • The disability did not impair the ability of the student to control the misbehavior. Sec. 1415(k)(4)(C); Reg. 300.523(c).

Parent may appeal a finding that the misbehavior was not a manifestation of the disability. The hearing is expedited before a special education hearing officer, who applies the same standards as the IEP Team. Sec. 1415(i)(6); Reg. 300.525 (a), (b). If IEP Team finds no manifestation and changes placement to comply with the disciplinary recommendation, parent may appeal the placement decision. The hearing is expedited before a special education hearing officer. Sec. 1415(k)(6)(A); Reg. 300.525(a)(2).

↓ If the IEP Team determines any of the standards were not met, the misbehavior was a manifestation of the disability, and no punishment may be assessed. Reg. 300.523(d). If IEP Team identifies deficiencies in IEP, placement, or implementation, it must take immediate steps to remedy. Reg. 300.523(f).

- or If the IEP Team determines the misbehavior was not a manifestation of the disability, regular disciplinary consequences may be applied to the student, except that the student must continue to be provided a free appropriate public education. Sec. 1415(k)(5)(A); Sec. 1412(a)(1)(A). Reg. 300.121(a). Reg. 300.524(a). The campus must ensure that special education and disciplinary record are transmitted for consideration by the school district person making the final determination regarding the disciplinary action. Sec. 1415(k)(5)(B); Reg. 300.524(b).

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During appeals, stay put applies. Reg. 300.524(c). If child is substantially likely to injure self or others in the current placement, the school can request an expedited hearing and request the hearing officer to remove to an interim alternative educational placement for up to forty-five (45) days. Standards to be met are those in Sec. 1415(k)(2) and Reg. 300.521.

The standard the education services must meet is to enable the child to appropriately progress in the general curriculum and appropriately advance toward achieving the goals in the IEP. Reg. 300.121 (d)(2)(i)(B); Reg. 300.524(a). The IEP Team must determine what services are necessary to meet this standard. Reg. 300.121 (d)(3)(ii).


3310P page 7 of 8 Students Dangerous to Self or Others IDEA discipline procedures are followed for a non-drug or weapon offense, the penalty for which would result in expulsion or removal from the student’s placement for more than ten (10) school days. IEP Team meets, determines no manifestation and recommends discipline proceed. Parent disagrees and requests a due-process hearing. Stay put applies, and child stays in the current placement, unless school acts to change the placement. Reg. 300.524.

↓ School requests hearing officer to change the placement during the pendency of the hearing because of the likelihood of injury to self or others. Sec. 1415(k)(2); Reg. 300.521.

↓ Hearing officer holds expedited hearing to consider request. School has burden of proof to show by more than a preponderance of the evidence that maintaining the child in the current placement is substantially likely to result in injury to self or others. Sec. 1415(k)(2)(A), (10)(D); Reg. 300.521(a). Hearing officer must also: • Consider the appropriateness of the current placement. • Consider whether the school has made reasonable effort to minimize the risk of harm in the current placement, including the use of supplemental aids and services. • Determine that the interim alternative setting proposed by the school personnel, in consultation with special education teacher: o Enables the student to participate in the general curriculum, although in another setting; o Enables the student to continue to receive those services and modifications, including those described in the student’s current IEP, that will enable the student to meet the goals set out in the IEP; and o Include services and modification designed to address the behavior so that it does not recur. Sec. 1415(k)(2); Reg. 300.521(b), (c), (d); Reg. 300.522(b); Reg. 300.121(d)(2)(ii)(B).

↓ If all requirements are met, hearing officer may order a change of placement to the interim alternative educational setting for up to forty-five (45) days. Sec. 1415(k)(2); Reg. 300.521.

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If parent appeals forty-five(45)-day interim alternative placement by IEP Team in drug or weapon case, hearing officer applies these standards in expedited hearing. Sec. 1415(k)(6)(B)(ii); Reg. 300.525 (b)(2).


3310P page 8 of 8 Student returns to his or her current placement (the placement prior to the interim alternative educational setting) at end of forty-five (45) days, if no decision has been issued by hearing officer in pending due-process hearing. If school believes it would be dangerous for student to return to current placement while hearing is still pending, school may request another expedited hearing to again place student in forty-five-(45)-day interim placement while hearing continues to be pending. Reg. 300.526(b), (c)(4). Hearing officer holds same type of hearing initially held when hearing officer ordered first forty-five-(45)-day interim placement. Sec. 1415(k)(7); Reg. 300.526. Any subsequent forty-five-(45)-day interim setting must meet the standards in Reg. 300.522.

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Firearms and Other Weapons Firearms It is the policy of the School District to comply with the federal Gun Free Schools Act of 1994 and Section 20-5-202 (2), MCA, pertaining to students who bring a firearm to, or possess a firearm at, any setting that is under the control and supervision of the school district. The District does not allow students to possess firearms on District property or at any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District. In accordance with Section 20-5-202 (3), MCA, a teacher, superintendent, or a principal shall suspend immediately for good cause a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to, or possess a firearm at, any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District. The Policy does not govern conduct in a student's home, a locked vehicle, a parking lot, or a commercial business when the student is participating in an online, remote, or distance-learning setting. In accordance with Montana law, a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to, or possess a firearm at, any setting that is under the control and supervision of the school district must be expelled from school for a period of not less than 1 year. For the purposes of the firearms section of this policy, the term “firearm” means (A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 921 (4). Such term does not include an antique firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 921 (16). However, the Board of Trustees through this policy authorizes the Superintendent, or principal of a school without a Superintendent, to use his/her discretion on a case-by-case basis and modify the requirement of expulsion of a student if he/she deems such modification to be warranted under the circumstances. Note: Under this Option, there is no expulsion hearing unless the administration determines that the circumstances warrant a recommendation of expulsion of the student for a period of one (1) year to the Board.

A decision to change the placement of a student with a disability who has been expelled pursuant to this section must be made in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Before holding a hearing to determine if a student has violated this Policy, the Board shall, in a clear and timely manner, notify the student if the student is an adult or notify the parent or guardian of a student if the student is a minor that the student may waive the student's privacy interest by requesting that the hearing be held in public and invite other individuals to attend the hearing.

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3311 Page 2 of 3 Before expelling a student under this Policy, the Board shall hold a due process hearing that includes presentation of a summary of the information leading to the allegations and an opportunity for the student to respond to the allegations. The student may not be expelled unless the trustees find that the student knowingly, as defined in Section 1-1-204, MCA, brought a firearm to school or possessed a firearm at school. When a student subject to a hearing is found to have not violated this Policy, the student's school record must be expunged of the incident. The provisions of this Policy do not require the Board to expel a student who has brought a firearm to school or possesses a firearm at school if the firearm is secured in a locked container approved by the school district or in a locked motor vehicle the entire time the firearm is at school, except while the firearm is in use for a school-sanctioned instructional activity. Possession of Weapons other than Firearms The District does not allow students to possess other weapons on District property or at any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District. Any student found to have possessed, used or transferred a weapon on school property will be subject to discipline in accordance with the District’s discipline policy. For purposes of this section, “weapon” means any object, device, or instrument designed as a weapon or through its use is capable of threatening or producing bodily harm or which may be used to inflict self-injury, including but not limited to air guns; pellet guns; BB guns; fake (facsimile) weapons; all knives; blades; clubs; metal knuckles; numchucks (also known as nunchucks); throwing stars; explosives; fireworks; mace or other propellants; stun guns; ammunition; poisons; chains; arrows; and objects that have been modified to serve as a weapon. No student shall possess, use, or distribute any object, device, or instrument having the appearance of a weapon, and such objects, devices, or instruments shall be treated as weapons, including but not limited to weapons listed above which are broken or non-functional, look-alike guns; toy guns; and any object that is a facsimile of a real weapon. No student shall use articles designed for other purposes (i.e., lasers or laser pointers, belts, combs, pencils, files, scissors, etc.) to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate, and such use will be treated as the possession and use of a weapon. Definitions, Exceptions and Referral to Law Enforcement The District may refer to law enforcement for immediate prosecution any student who possesses, carries, or stores a weapon in a school building as specified in Section 45-8-361, MCA. In addition the District will refer for possible prosecution a parent or guardian of any minor violating this policy on grounds of allowing a minor to possess, carry, or store a weapon in a school building. For the purposes of this section of the policy, “school property” means within school buildings, in vehicles used for school purposes, or on owned or leased school land or grounds. “Building” specifically means a combination of any materials, whether mobile, portable, or fixed, to form a structure and the related facilities for the use or occupancy by © MTSBA 2021


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3311 Page 3 of 3 persons or property owned or leased by a local school district that are used for instruction or for student activities as specified in Section 50-60-101(2), MCA and Section 45-8-361, MCA. The term is construed as though followed by the words "or part or parts of a building" and is considered to include all stadiums, bleachers, and other similar outdoor facilities, whether temporary or permanently fixed. The Board of Trustees may grant persons and entities advance permission to possess, carry, or store a weapon in a school building. All persons who wish to possess, carry, or store a weapon in a school building must request permission of the Board at a regular meeting. The Board has sole discretion in deciding whether to allow a person to possess, carry, or store a weapon in a school building. This section does not apply to a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or an individual previously authorized by the Board of Trustees to possess a firearm or weapon in a school building. The Board of Trustees shall annually review this policy and update this policy as determined necessary by the trustees based on changing circumstances pertaining to school safety. Cross Reference:

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Student Discipline Conduct of School Property Personal Conduct

Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-202, MCA § 45-8-361, MCA 20 U.S.C. § 7151, et seq. 18 U.S.C. § 921 ESSA, Section 4141

Policy History: Adopted on: June 21, 2011 Reviewed on: Revised on: July 21, 2021

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Suspension and expulsion Possession or allowing possession of a weapon in a school building Gun Free Schools Act of 1994 Definitions Gun Free Requirements


Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Detention For minor infractions of school rules or regulations, or for minor misconduct, staff may detain students. Students may be required to attend Saturday detention for up to four (4) hours. Preceding the assessment of such punishment, the staff member shall inform the student of the nature of the offense charged and/or the specific conduct which allegedly constitutes the violation. The student shall be afforded an opportunity to explain or justify his/her actions to the staff member. Parents must be notified prior to a student serving an after-school detention. Students detained for corrective action or punishment shall be under the supervision of the staff member or designee.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: March 20, 2007 Revised on:


Cascade School District STUDENTS

3340

Extra- and Co-Curricular Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Use The District views participation in extracurricular activities as a privilege extended to students willing to make a commitment to adhere to the rules which govern them. The District believes that participation in organized activities can contribute to all-around development of young men and women and that implementation of these rules will serve these purposes: Emphasize concern for the health and well-being of students while participating in activities; Provide a chemical-free environment which will encourage healthy development; Diminish chemical use by providing an education assistance program; Promote a sense of self-discipline among students; Confirm and support existing state laws which prohibit use of mood-altering chemicals; Emphasize standards of conduct for those students who, through their participation, are leaders and role models for their peers and younger students; and Assist students who desire to resist peer pressure that often directs them toward the use of chemicals. Violations of established rules and regulations governing chemical use by participants in extraand co-curricular activities will result in discipline as stated in student and athletic handbooks.

Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-201, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: October 14, 2008 Revised on:

Duties and sanctions


Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Student Health/Physical Screenings/Examinations The Board may arrange each year for health services to be provided to all students. Such services may include but not be limited to: 1.

Development of procedures at each building for isolation and temporary care of students who become ill during the school day;

2.

Consulting services of a qualified specialist for staff, students, and parents;

3.

Vision and hearing screening;

4.

Scoliosis screening;

5.

Immunization as provided by the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Parents/guardians will receive written notice of any screening result which indicates a condition that might interfere or tend to interfere with a student’s progress. In general the District will not conduct physical examinations of a student without parental consent to do so or by court order, unless the health or safety of the student or others is in question. Further, parents will be notified of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when screening administered by the District is conducted as well as notification of requirements of the District’s policy on physical examinations and screening of students, at least annually at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable period of time after any substantive change in the policy which is: 1.

Required as a condition of attendance.

2.

Administered by the school and scheduled by the school in advance.

3.

Not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student or other students.

Parents or eligible students will be given the opportunity to opt out of the above-described screenings. Students who wish to participate in certain extracurricular activities may be required to submit to a physical examination to verify their ability to participate in the activity. Students participating in activities governed by the Montana High School Association will be required to follow the rules of that organization, as well as other applicable District policies, rules, and regulations. Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-324(20), MCA 20 U.S.C. 1232h(b)

Policy History: Adopted on: October 14, 2008 Revised on: March 10, 2014

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Cascade Public Schools STUDENTS

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Student Immunization The Board requires all students to present evidence of their having been immunized against the following diseases: varicella, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella, and tetanus in the manner and with immunizing agents approved by the department. Haemophilus influenza type “b” immunization is required for students under age five (5). Upon initial enrollment, an immunization status form shall be completed by the student’s parent or guardian. The certificate shall be made a part of the student’s permanent record. A student who transfers into the District may photocopy immunization records in the possession of the school of origin. The District will accept the photocopy as evidence of immunization. Within thirty (30) days after a transferring student ceases attendance at the school of origin, the school shall retain a certified copy for the permanent record and send the original immunization records for the student to the school district to which the student transfers. Exemptions from one or more vaccines shall be granted for medical reasons upon certification by a licensed or certified health care provider in a manner provided by Section 20-5-405, MCA. Exemptions for religious reasons must be filed in a manner provided by Section 20-5-405, MCA. The statement for an exemption shall be maintained as part of the student’s immunization record in accordance with FERPA as specified in Policy 3600P. All students who are enrolled under an exemption and have a disease listed in this Policy, have been exposed to a disease listed in this Policy, or may be exposed to a disease listed in this Policy while attending school may be excluded from the school by the local health officer or the DPHHS until the excluding authority is satisfied that the student no longer risks contracting or transmitting that disease. The administrator may allow the commencement of attendance in school by a student who has not been immunized against each disease listed in Section 20-5-403, MCA, if that student has received one or more doses of varicella, polio, measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus vaccine, except that Haemophilus influenza type “b” vaccine is required only for children under 5 years of age. The District shall exclude a student for noncompliance with the immunization laws and properly notify the parent or guardian. The local health department may seek an injunction requiring the parent to submit an immunization status form, take action to fully immunize the student, or file an exemption for personal or medical reasons. This policy does not apply to or govern vaccinations against COVID-19. The Board does not require immunization against COVID-19 in order to enroll in the District in accordance with Montana law. District officials shall not inquire about the COVID-19 vaccination status of students, employees, or visitors. District officials shall not make decisions regarding access to © MTSBA 2021


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3413 Page 2 of 2 District services for students, employees, or visitors based upon an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Students enrolled in dual credit courses in accordance with District policies may be subject to distinct immunization requirements of the applicable post-secondary institution. Legal Reference:

§ 20-3-324(20), MCA § 20-5-402 - 426, MCA § 20-5-403, MCA § 20-5-405, MCA Chapter 418

Policy History: Adopted on: Reviewed on: Revised on:

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May 15, 2001 March 20, 2007 08/18/15, 7/21/21

Powers and duties Health Immunization required – release and acceptance of immunization records Exemptions 2021 General Legislative Session


Medical Exemption Statement

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Physician: Please mark the contraindications/precautions that apply to this patient, then sign and date the back of the form. The signed Medical Exemption Statement verifying true contraindications/precautions is submitted to and accepted by schools, childcare facilities, and other agencies that require proof of immunization. For medical exemptions for conditions not listed below, please note the vaccine(s) that is contraindicated and a description of the medical condition in the space provided at the end of the form. The State Medical Officer may request to review medical exemptions.

Attach a copy of the most current immunization record Name of patient

DOB

Name of parent/guardian Address (patient/parent) School/child care facility For official use only: Check if reviewed by public health

Name/credentials of reviewer:_

Date of review:_

Medical contraindications for immunizations are determined by the most recent General Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A contraindication is a condition in a recipient that increases the risk for a serious adverse reaction. A vaccine will not be administered when a contraindication exists. A precaution is a condition in a recipient that might increase the risk for a serious adverse reaction or that might compromise the ability of the vaccine to produce immunity. Under normal conditions, vaccinations should be deferred when a precaution is present.

Contraindications and Precautions Vaccine Hepatitis B (not currently required by Administrative Rule of Montana [ARM]) DTaP

DT, Td

Tdap

X □ □

□ □ □ □ □ □ □ □ □

IPV

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Contraindications • Serious allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous vaccine dose or vaccine component Precautions • Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever

Contraindications • Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a vaccine component • Encephalopathy within 7 days after receiving previous dose of DTP or DTaP Precautions • Progressive neurologic disorder, including infantile spasms, uncontrolled epilepsy, progressive encephalopathy; defer DTaP until neurological status has clarified and stabilized • Fever ≥40.5°C (105°F) within 48 hours after vaccination with previous dose of DTP or DTaP • Guillain-Barre′ syndrome ≤6 weeks after a previous dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine • Seizure ≤3 days after vaccination with previous dose of DTP or DTaP • Persistent, inconsolable crying lasting ≥3 hours within 48 hours after vaccination with previous dose of DTP/ DTaP • History of arthus-type hypersensitivity reactions after a previous dose of tetanus toxoidcontaining vaccine • Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever Contraindications • Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a vaccine component Precautions • Pregnancy • Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever


Vaccine PCV (not currently required by ARM)

X □ □

Hib

□ □ □

MMR

□ □ □ □ □ □ □

Varicella

□ □ □ □ □

Contraindications •

Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose (of PCV7, PCV13, or any diphtheria toxoid--contain vaccine) or to a component of a vaccine (PCV7, PCV13, or any diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine)

Precautions •

Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever

• •

Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a vaccine component Age <6 weeks

Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever

Contraindications Precautions

Contraindications • • •

Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a vaccine component Known severe immunodeficiency (e.g., hematologic and solid tumors, chemotherapy, congenital immunodeficiency, long-term immunosuppressive therapy, or patients with HIV infection who are severely immunocompromised ) Pregnancy

Precautions • • • •

Recent (<11 months) receipt of antibody-containing blood product (specific interval depends on the product) History of thrombocytopenia or thrombocytopenic purpura Need for tuberculin skin testing Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever

Contraindications • • •

Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose or to a vaccine component Known severe immunodeficiency (e.g., hematologic and solid tumors, chemotherapy, congenital immunodeficiency, long-term immunosuppressive therapy, or patients with HIV infection who are severely immunocompromised ) Pregnancy

Precautions

• Recent (<11 months) receipt of antibody-containing blood products (interval depends on product) • Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever

For medical conditions not listed, please note the vaccine(s) that is contraindicated and a description of the condition

Name of Student Date Exemption Ends Completing physician’s name (please print)

Address Phone

Completing physician’s signature (only licensed physicians may sign) Montana Code Annotated 20-5-101-410: Montana Immunization Law 52-2-735: Daycare certification

Instructions Purpose: To provide Montana physicians with a mechanism to document true medical exemptions to vaccinations Preparation: 1. Complete patient information (name, DOB, address, and school/childcare facility) 2. Check applicable vaccine(s) and exemption(s) 3. Complete date exemption ends and physician information 4. Attach a copy of the most current immunization record 5. Retain a copy for file 6. Return original to person requesting form Reorder:

Immunization Program 1400 Broadway, Room C-211 Helena, MT 59620 (406) 444-5580 http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/immunization/

Questions?

Call (406) 444-5580

Administrative Rules of Montana 37.114.701-721: Immunization of K-12, Preschool, and Post-secondary schools 37.95.140: Daycare Center Immunizations, Group Daycare Homes, Family Day Care Homes


AFFIDAVIT OF EXEMPTION ON RELIGIOUS GROUNDS FROM MONTANA SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION LAW AND RULES 3413F2

Student's Full Name

Birth Date

School:

Age

Sex

_________________________________

If student is under 18, name of parent, guardian, or other person responsible for student’s care and custody: Street address and city: Telephone: I, the undersigned, swear or affirm that immunization against Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DTaP, DT, Tdap) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

Polio Varicella (chickenpox)

Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) is contrary to my religious tenets and practices. I also understand that: (1) I am subject to the penalty for false swearing if I falsely claim a religious exemption for the above-named student [i.e. a fine of up to $500, up to 6 months in jail, or both (Sec. 45-7-202, MCA)]; (2) In the event of an outbreak of one of the diseases listed above, the above-exempted student may be excluded from school by the local health officer or the Department of Public Health and Human Services until the student is no longer at risk for contracting or transmitting that disease; and (3) A new affidavit of exemption for the above student must be signed, sworn to, and notarized yearly, before the start of the school year and kept together with the State of Montana Certificate of Immunization (HES-101) in the school’s records. Signature of parent, guardian, or other person responsible for the above student’s care and custody; or of the student, if 18 or older.

Subscribed and sworn to before me this

Seal

day of

Date

,

Signature: Notary Public for the State of Montana Print Name: Notary Public for the State of Montana Residing in My commission expires


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Consistent with guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Federation of High School (NFHS) and the Montana High School Association (MHSA), the District will utilize procedures developed by the MHSA and other pertinent information to inform and educate coaches, athletic trainers, officials, youth athletes, and their parents and/or guardians of the nature and risk of concussions or head injuries, including the dangers associated with continuing to play after a concussion or head injury. Resources are available on the Montana High School Association Sports Medicine page at www.mhsa.org; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page at: www.hhs.gov; and; the Centers for Disease and Prevention page at www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports.index.html.

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Annually, the district will distribute a head injury and concussion information and sign-off sheet to all parents and guardians of student-athletes in competitive sport activities prior to the studentathlete's initial practice or competition.

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All coaches, athletic trainers, officials, including volunteers participating in organized youth athletic activities, shall complete the training program at least once each school year as required in the District procedure. Additionally, all coaches, athletic trainers, officials, including volunteers participating in organized youth athletic activities will comply with all procedures for the management of head injuries and concussions.

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Reference:

Montana High School Association, Rules and Regulations Section 4, Return to Play

Legal Reference:

Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act 20-7-1301, MCA Purpose 20-7-1302, MCA Definitions 20-7-1303, MCA Youth athletes – concussion education requirements 20-7-1304, MCA Youth athletes – removal from participation following concussion – medical clearance required before return to participation

Cross Reference:

3415F Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement

STUDENTS

R 3415

Management of Sports Related Concussions

The Cascade School District recognizes that concussions and head injuries are commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and other recreational activities. The Board acknowledges the risk of catastrophic injuries or death is significant when a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated and managed. Therefore, all K-12 competitive sport athletic activities in the District will be identified by the administration.

Policy History: Adopted on: 1/18/11 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 9/17/13, 10/19/21 © MTSBA 2022


Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Statement Because of the passage of the Dylan Steiger’s Protection of Youth Athletes Act, schools are required to distribute information sheets for the purpose of informing and educating student-athletes and their parents of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury to student athletes, including the risks of continuing to play after concussion or head injury. Montana law requires that each year, before beginning practice for an organized activity, a student-athlete and the student-athlete’s parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must be given an information sheet, and both parties must sign and return a form acknowledging receipt of the information to an official designated by the school or school district prior to the student-athletes participation during the designated school year. The law further states that a student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from play at the time of injury and may not return to play until the student-athlete has received a written clearance from a licensed health care provider. Student-Athlete Name:

This form must be completed for each student-athlete, even if there are multiple student-athletes in each household.

Parent/Legal Custodian Name(s): ! We have read the Student-Athlete & Parent/Legal Custodian Concussion Information Sheet. If true, please check box

After reading the information sheet, I am aware of the following information: StudentAthlete Initials

Parent/Legal Custodian Initials

A concussion is a brain injury, which should be reported to my parents, my coach(es), or a medical professional if one is available. A concussion can affect the ability to perform everyday activities such as the ability to think, balance, and classroom performance. A concussion cannot be “seen.” Some symptoms might be present right away. Other symptoms can show up hours or days after an injury. I will tell my parents, my coach, and/or a medical professional about my injuries and illnesses. If I think a teammate has a concussion, I should tell my coach(es), parents, or licensed health care professional about the concussion. I will not return to play in a game or practice if a hit to my head or body causes any concussion-related symptoms. I will/my child will need written permission from a licensed health care professional to return to play or practice after a concussion. After a concussion, the brain needs time to heal. I understand that I am/my child is much more likely to have another concussion or more serious brain injury if return to play or practice occurs before concussion symptoms go away. Sometimes, repeat concussions can cause serious and long-lasting problems. I have read the concussion symptoms on the Concussion fact sheet. Signature of Student-Athlete

Date

Signature of Parent/Legal Custodian

Date

N/A N/A N/A


A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Concussions can occur in any sport or recreation activity. So, all coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION SIGNS OBSERVED BY PARENTS SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY YOUR CHILD OR TEEN OR GUARDIANS Thinking/Remembering: Emotional: •Appears dazed or stunned •Is confused about events •Answers questions slowly •Repeats questions •Can’t recall events prior to the hit, bump, or fall •Can’t recall events after the hit, bump, or fall •Loses consciousness (even briefly) •Shows behavior or personality changes •Forgets class schedule or assignments

•Difficulty thinking clearly •Difficulty concentrating or remembering •Feeling more slowed down •Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

•Irritable •Sad •More emotional than usual •Nervous

Physical:

•Sleeps lessthan usual •Sleeps morethan usual •Has trouble falling asleep

•Headache or “pressure” in head •Nausea or vomiting •Balance problems or dizziness •Fatigue or feeling tired •Blurry or double vision •Sensitivity to light or noise •Numbness or tingling •Does not “feel right”

Sleep*: •Drowsy

*Only ask about sleep symptoms if the injury occurred on a prior day.

LINKS TO OTHER RESOURCES • •

CDC –Concussion in Sports o http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/index.html National Federation of State High School Association/ Concussion in Sports - What You Need To Know o www.nfhslearn.com Montana High School Association – Sports Medicine Page o http://www.mhsa.org/SportsMedicine/SportsMed.htm


A Fact Sheet for ATHLETES WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? A concussion is a brain injury that: • Is caused by a bump or blow to the head • Can change the way your brain normally works • Can occur during practices or games in any sport • Can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out • Can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSION? • Headache or “pressure” in head • Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Bothered by light • Bothered by noise • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy • Difficulty paying attention • Memory problems • Confusion • Does not “feel right”

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE A CONCUSSION? • Tell your coaches and your parents. Never ignore a bump or blow to the head even if you feel fine. Also, tell your coach if one of your teammates might have a concussion.

Get a medical checkup. A doctor or health care professional can tell you if you have a concussion and when you are OK to return to play. Give yourself time to get better. If you have had a concussion, your brain needs time to heal. While your brain is still healing, you are much more likely to have a second concussion. Second or later concussions can cause damage to your brain. It is important to rest until you get approval from a doctor or health care professional to return to play.

HOW CAN I PREVENT A CONCUSSION? Every sport is different, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. • Follow your coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport. • Practice good sportsmanship at all times. • Use the proper sports equipment, including personal protective equipment (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). In order for equipment to protect you, it must be: > The right equipment for the game, position, or activity > Worn correctly and fit well > Used every time you play

Remember, when in doubt, sit them out! It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.


A Fact Sheet for PARENTS

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION? A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away. WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION? Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion: • Appears dazed or stunned • Is confused about assignment or position • Forgets an instruction • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent • Moves clumsily • Answers questions slowly • Loses consciousness (even briefly) • Shows behavior or personality changes • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms Reported by Athlete • Headache or “pressure” in head • Nausea or vomiting • Balance problems or dizziness • Double or blurry vision • Sensitivity to light • Sensitivity to noise • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy • Concentration or memory problems • Confusion • Does not “feel right”

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION? Every sport is different, but there are steps your children can take to protect themselves from concussion. • Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport. • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times. • Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity (such as helmets, padding, shin guards, and eye and mouth guards). Protective equipment should fit properly, be well maintained, and be worn consistently and correctly. • Learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION?

1. Seek medical attention right away. A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to sports. 2. Keep your child out of play. Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play until a health care professional says it’s OK. Children who return to play too soon—while the brain is still healing—risk a greater chance of having a second concussion. Second or later concussions can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting your child for a lifetime. 3. Tell your child’s coach about any recent concussion. Coaches should know if your child had a recent concussion in ANY sport. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.

Remember, when in doubt, sit them out! It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.


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Management of Sports Related Concussions A. Athletic Director or Administrator in Charge of Athletic Duties: 1. Updating: Each spring, the athletic director, or the administrator in charge of athletics if there is no athletic director, shall review any changes that have been made in procedures required for concussion and head injury management or other serious injury by consulting with the MHSA or the MHSA Web site, U.S. DPHHS, and CDCP web site. If there are any updated procedures, they will be adopted and used for the upcoming school year. 2. Identified Sports: Identified sports include all organized youth athletic activity sponsored by the school or school district. B. Training: All coaches, athletic trainers, and officials, including volunteers shall undergo training in head injury and concussion management at least once each school year by one of the following means: (1) through viewing the MHSA sport-specific rules clinic; (2) through viewing the MHSA concussion clinic found on the MHSA Sports Medicine page at www.mhsa.org; or by the district inviting the participation of appropriate advocacy groups and appropriate sports governing bodies to facilitate the training requirements. C. Parent Information Sheet: On a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be distributed to the student-athlete and the athlete's parent and/or guardian prior to the student-athlete's initial practice or competition. This information sheet may be incorporated into the parent permission sheet which allows students to participate in extracurricular athletics and should include resources found on the MHSA Sports Medicine page at www.mhsa.org, U.S. DPHHS, and CDCP websites. D. Responsibility: An athletic trainer, coach, or official shall immediately remove from play, practice, tryouts, training exercises, preparation for an athletic game, or sport camp a studentathlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury or other serious injury. E. Return to Play After Concussion or Head Injury: In accordance with MHSA Return to Play Rules and Regulations and The Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act a student athlete who has been removed from play, practice, tryouts, training exercises, preparation for an athletic game, or sport camp may not return until the athlete is cleared by a licensed health care professional (registered, licensed, certified, or otherwise statutorily recorgnized health care professional). The health care provider may be a volunteer. Policy History: Adopted on: 1/18/11 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on:9/17/13, 10/19/21 © MTSBA 2022


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Administering Medication to Students “Medication” means prescribed drugs and medical devices that are controlled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are ordered by a healthcare provider. It includes over-the-counter medications prescribed through a standing order by the school physician or prescribed by the student’s healthcare provider. Except in an emergency situation, only a qualified healthcare professional may administer a drug or a prescription drug to a student under this policy. Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of drugs are never the responsibility of a school employee and should not be practiced by any school personnel. Administering Medication The Board shall permit administration of medication to students in schools in its jurisdiction. A school nurse or other employee who has successfully completed specific training in administration of medication, pursuant to written authorization of a physician or dentist and that of a parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardian, may administer medication to any student in the school or may delegate this task pursuant to Montana law. Emergency Administration of Medication In the event of an emergency, a school nurse or trained staff member, exempt from the nursing license requirement under § 37-8-103(1)(c), MCA, may administer emergency medication to any student in need thereof on school grounds, in a school building, at a school function, or on a school bus according to a standing order of an authorized physician or a student’s private physician. In the event that emergency medication is administered to a student, the school nurse or staff member shall call emergency responders and notify the student’s parents/guardians. A building administrator or school nurse shall enter any medication to be administered in an emergency on an individual student medication record and retain the documentation. Assisting Students with Self-Administration of Medication A building principal or other school administrator may authorize, in writing, any school employee: To assist in self-administration of any drug that may lawfully be sold over the counter without a prescription to a student in compliance with the written instructions and with the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian; and To assist in self-administration of a prescription drug to a student in compliance with

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3416 Page 2 of 5 written instructions or standing order of an authorized physician or a student’s private physician and with the written consent of a student’s parent or guardian. A school employee authorized, in writing, assist students with self-administration of medications, may only rely on the following techniques: • • • • • • •

Making oral suggestions, prompting, reminding, gesturing, or providing a written guide for self-administering medications; Handing to a student a prefilled, labeled medication holder or a labeled unit dose container, syringe, or original marked and labeled container from a pharmacy; Opening the lid of a container for a student; Guiding the hand of a student to self-administer a medication; Holding and assisting a student in drinking fluid to assist in the swallowing of oral medications; and Assisting with removal of a medication from a container for a student with a physical disability that prevents independence in the act. Other guidance or restrictions previously provided in writing to the school by a student’s parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardian is on file.

Self-Administration or Possession of Asthma, Severe Allergy, or Anaphylaxis Medication Students with allergies or asthma may be authorized by the building principal or Superintendent, in consultation with medical personnel, to possess and self-administer emergency medication during the school day, during field trips, school-sponsored events, or while on a school bus. The student shall be authorized to possess and self-administer medication if the following conditions have been met: •

• •

A written and signed authorization from the parents, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardians for self-administration of medication, acknowledging that the District or its employees are not liable for injury that results from the student self-administering the medication. The student shall have the prior written approval of his/her primary healthcare provider. The written notice from the student’s primary care provider shall specify the name and purpose of the medication, the prescribed dosage, frequency with which it may be administered, and the circumstances that may warrant its use. Documentation that the student has demonstrated to the healthcare practitioner and the school nurse, if available, the skill level necessary to use and administer the medication. Documentation of a doctor-formulated written treatment plan for managing asthma, severe allergies, or anaphylaxis episodes of the student and for medication use by the student during school hours.

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3416 Page 3 of 5 the current school year only and shall be renewed annually. A student’s authorization to possess and self-administer medication may be limited or revoked by the building principal or other administrative personnel. If provided by the parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardian, and in accordance with documentation provided by the student’s doctor, backup medication shall be kept at a student’s school in a predetermined location or locations to which the student has access in the event of an asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis emergency. Immediately after using epinephrine during school hours, a student shall report to the school nurse or other adult at the school who shall provide follow up care, including making a call to emergency responders. Self-Administration of Other Medication The District shall permit students who are able to self-administer specific medication to do so provided that all of the following have occurred: • • •

A physician, dentist, or other licensed health care provider provides a written order for self-administration of said medication; Written authorization for self-administration of medication from a student’s parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardian is on file; and A principal and appropriate teachers are informed that a student is self-administering prescribed medication.

Administration of Glucagons School employees may voluntarily agree to administer glucagons to a student pursuant to § 20-5412, MCA, only under the following conditions: (1) the employee may administer glucagon to a diabetic student only in an emergency situation; (2)the employee has filed the necessary designation and acceptance documentation with the District, as required by § 20-5-412(2), MCA, and (3) the employee has filed the necessary written documentation of training with the District, as required by § 20-5-412(4), MCA. Designation of staff is to be made by a parent, and individual who has executed a caretaker relative authorization affidavit, or guardian of a diabetic student, and school employees are under no obligation to agree to designation. Glucagon is to be provided by the parent or guardian. All documentation shall be kept on file. Handling and Storage of Medications The Board requires that all medications, including those approved for keeping by students for self-medication, be first delivered by a parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker

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3416 Page 4 of 5 relative educational authorization affidavit, or other responsible adult to a nurse or employee assisting with self-administration of medication. A nurse or assistant: • • • • • • •

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Shall examine any new medication to ensure it is properly labeled with dates, name of student, medication name, dosage, and physician’s name; Shall develop a medication administration plan, if administration is necessary for a student, before any medication is given by school personnel; Shall record on the student’s individual medication record the date a medication is delivered and the amount of medication received; Shall store medication requiring refrigeration at 36° to 46° F; Shall store prescribed medicinal preparations in a securely locked storage compartment; and Shall store controlled substances in a separate compartment, secured and locked at all times. All non-emergency medication shall be kept in a locked, nonportable container, stored in its original container with the original prescription label. Epinephrine, naloxone, and student emergency medication may be kept in portable containers and transported by the school nurse or other authorized school personnel. Food is not allowed to be stored in refrigeration unit with medications. Shall notify the building administrator, school district nurse, and parent or guardian of any medication error and document it on the medication administration record.

The District shall permit only a forty-five-(45)-school-day supply of a medication for a student to be stored at a school; and all medications, prescription and nonprescription, shall be stored in their original containers. The District shall limit access to all stored medication to those persons authorized to administer medications or to assist in the self-administration of medications. The District requires every school to maintain a current list of those persons authorized by delegation from a licensed nurse to administer medications. The District may maintain a stock supply of auto-injectable epinephrine to be administered by a school nurse or other authorized personnel to any student or nonstudent as needed for actual or perceived anaphylaxis. If the district intends to obtain an order for emergency use of epinephrine in a school setting or at related activities, the district shall adhere to the requirements stated in law. The District may maintain a stock supply of an opioid antagonist to be administered by a school nurse or other authorized personnel to any student or nonstudent as needed for an actual or perceived opioid overdose. A school that intends to obtain an order for emergency use of an opioid antagonist in a school setting or at related activities shall adhere to the requirements in law.

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3416 Page 5 of 5 Disposal of Medication, Medical Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment The District requires school personnel either to return to a parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardian or, with permission of the parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational authorization affidavit, or guardian, to destroy any unused, discontinued, or obsolete medication. A school nurse, in the presence of a witness, shall destroy any medicine not repossessed by a parent or guardian within a seven-(7)-day period of notification by school authorities. Medical sharps shall be disposed of in an approved sharps container. Building administrators should contact the school nurse or designated employee when such a container is needed. Sharps containers are to be kept in a secure location in the school building. Disposal of sharps container, medical equipment, and personal protective equipment is the responsibility of the school nurse or designated employee in accordance with the Montana Infectious Waste Management Act and the manufacture guidelines specific to the container or equipment. Legal Reference:

§ 20-5-412, MCA § 20-5-420, MCA § 20-5-421, MCA § 37-8-103(1)(c), MCA ARM 24.159.1601, et seq § 20-5-426, MCA § 75-10-1001, et seq 37.111.812, ARM 10.55.701(s), ARM

Definition – parent-designated adult administration of glucagons – training Self-administration or possession of asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis medication Emergency use of epinephrine in school setting Exemptions – limitations on authority Delegation of Nurse Duties Emergency use of an opioid antagonist in school setting – limit on liability Infectious Waste Management Act Safety Requirements Board of Trustees

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: March 28, 2018 Revised on: September 16, 2008 Revised on: June 27, 2013, 9/11/17, 3/28/18, 7/21/21

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3416F1 Montana Authorization to Possess or Self-Administer Asthma, Severe Allergy, or Anaphylaxis Medication For this student to possess or self-administer asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis medication while in school, while at a school sponsored activity, while under the supervision of school personnel, before or after normal school activities (such as while in beforeschool or after-school care on school-operated property), or while in transit to or from school or school-sponsored activities, this form must be fully completed by 1) the prescribing physician/ physician assistant/advanced practice registered nurse, and 2) an authorizing parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational or medical authorization affidavit, or legal guardian. Student’s Name:_______________________________ Sex: (Please circle) Female/Male Birth Date: _____/_____/____

School:________________________ City/Town: ____________________ School Year: ______ (Must be renewed annually)

Physician’s Authorization: The above named student has my authorization to carry and self-administer the following medication: Medication: (1)________________________ Dosage: (1) ___________________ (2) ________________________

(2) ___________________

Reason for prescription(s): ______________________________________________________________________ Medication(s) to be used under the following conditions (times or special circumstances): ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ I confirm that this student has been instructed in the proper use of this medication and is able to self-administer this medication without school personnel supervision. I have formulated and provided to the parent/guardian or caretaker relative a written treatment plan for managing asthma, severe allergies, or anaphylaxis episodes and for medication use by this student during school hours and school activities. _______________________ Signature of Physician/PA/APRN

_______________________ Phone Number

_______________________ Date

Authorization by Parent, an individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational or medical authorization affidavit, or guardian: As the parent, individual who has executed a caretaker relative educational or medical authorization affidavit, or guardian of the above named student, I confirm that this student has been instructed by his/her health care provider on the proper use of this/these medication(s). He/she has demonstrated to me that he/she understands the proper use of this medication. He/she is physically, mentally, and behaviorally capable to assume this responsibility. He/she has my permission to self-medicate as listed above, if needed. If he/she has used epinephrine during school hours, he/she understands the need to alert the student main office personnel or other adult at the school who will provide follow-up care, including making a 9-1-1 emergency call. I acknowledge the school district or nonpublic school and its employees and agents are not liable as a result of any injury arising from the self-administration of medication by the student and I indemnify and hold them harmless for such injury, unless the claim is based on an act or omission that is the result of gross negligence, willful and wanton conduct, or an intentional tort. I agree to work with the school in establishing a plan for use and storage of backup medication. This will include a predetermined location to keep backup medication to which my child has access in the event of an asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis emergency. I have provided the following backup medication: ________________________________________________________________________ I understand that in the event the medication dosage is altered, a new “self-administration form” must be completed, or the health care provider may rewrite the order on his/her prescription pad and I, the parent/caretaker relative/guardian, will sign the new form and assure the new order is attached. I understand it is my responsibility to pick up any unused medication at the end of the school year, and the medication that is not picked up will be disposed of. I authorize the school administration to release this information to appropriate school personnel and classroom teachers. Parent/Guardian, caretaker relative signature: _____________________________

Date: __________________

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Communicable Diseases Note: For purposes of this policy, the term “communicable disease” refers to the diseases identified in 37.114.203, ARM, Reportable Diseases, with the exception of common colds and flu. In all proceedings related to this policy, the District shall respect a student’s right to privacy. All applicable district policies and handbook provision governing confidentiality of student medical information remain in full effect. Although the District is required to provide educational services to all school-age children who reside within its boundaries, it may deny attendance at school to any child diagnosed as having a communicable disease that could make a child’s attendance harmful to the welfare of other students. The District also may deny attendance to a child with suppressed immunity in order to protect the welfare of that child when others in a school have an infectious disease, which, although not normally life threatening, could be life threatening to a child with suppressed immunity. The District shall provide soap and disposable towels or other hand-drying devices shall be available at all handwashing sinks. Common-use cloth towels are prohibited. Sanitary napkin disposal shall be provided for girls of age ten or older and in teachers' toilet rooms and nurses' toilet rooms. The District shall provide either sanitary napkin dispensers in the girls', nurses', and teachers' toilet rooms or some other readily available on-site access to sanitary napkins. The Board recognizes that communicable diseases that may afflict students range from common childhood diseases, acute and short-term in nature, to chronic, life-threatening diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The District shall rely on advice of the public health and medical communities in assessing the risk of transmission of various communicable diseases to determine how best to protect the health of both students and staff. The District shall manage common communicable diseases in accordance with DPHHS guidelines and communicable diseases control rules. If a student develops symptoms of any reportable communicable or infectious illness as defined while at school, the responsible school officials shall do the following: (a) isolate the student immediately from other students or staff; and (b) inform the parent or guardian as soon as possible about the illness and request him or her to pick up the student.; and (c) consult with a physician, other qualified medical professional, or the local county health authority to determine if report the case should be reported to the local health officer. Students who express feelings of illness at school may be referred to a school nurse or other responsible person designated by the Board and may be sent home as soon as a parent or person © MTSBA 2022


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3417 Page 2 of 3 designated on a student’s emergency medical authorization form has been notified. The District may temporarily exclude from onsite school attendance a student who exhibits symptoms of a communicable disease that is readily transmitted in a school setting. Offsite instruction will be provided during the period of absence in accordance with Policy 2050. The District reserves the right to require a statement from a student’s primary care provider authorizing a student’s return to onsite instruction. When information is received by a staff member or a volunteer that a student is afflicted with a serious communicable disease, the staff member or volunteer shall promptly notify a school nurse or other responsible person designated by the Board to determine appropriate measures to be taken to protect student and staff health and safety. A school nurse or other responsible person designated by the Board, after consultation with and on advice of public health officials, shall determine which additional staff members, if any, have need to know of the affected student’s condition. Only those persons with direct responsibility for the care of a student or for determining appropriate educational accommodation shall be informed of the specific nature of a condition, if it is determined that such individuals need to know this information. The District may notify parents of other children attending a school that their children have been exposed to a communicable disease without identifying the particular student who has the disease. Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior All students, staff, and others present in the any school building shall engage in hand hygiene at the following times, which include but are not limited to: (a) Arrival to the facility and after breaks (b) Before and after preparing, eating, or handling food or drinks (c) Before and after administering medication or screening temperature (d) After coming in contact with bodily fluid (e) After recess (f) After handling garbage (g) After assisting students with handwashing (h) After use of the restroom Hand hygiene includes but is not limited to washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available. Staff members shall supervise children when they use hand sanitizer and soap to prevent ingestion. Staff members shall place grade level appropriate posters describing handwashing steps near sinks. © MTSBA 2022


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37.114.101, et seq., ARM 37.111.825, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/14/08, 10/19/21

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Cascade School District STUDENTS

3431

Emergency Treatment The Board recognizes that schools are responsible for providing first aid or emergency treatment to a student in case of sudden illness or injury; however, further medical attention is the responsibility of a parent or guardian. The District requires that every parent or guardian provide a telephone number where a parent or designee of a parent may be reached in case of an emergency. When a student is injured, staff will provide immediate care and attention until relieved by a superior, a nurse, or a doctor. The District will employ its normal procedures to address medical emergencies without regard to the existence of a do not resuscitate (DNR) request. A principal or designated staff member will immediately call a parent or parental designee so that the parent may arrange for care or treatment of an injured student. When a student develops symptoms of illness while at school, a responsible school official will do the following: Isolate the student from other children to a room or area segregated for that purpose; Inform a parent or guardian as soon as possible about the illness and request a parent or guardian to pick up the child; and Report each case of suspected communicable disease the same day by telephone to a local health authority or as soon as possible thereafter if a health authority cannot be reached the same day. When a parent or guardian cannot be reached, and it is the judgment of a principal or other person in charge that immediate medical attention is required, an injured student may be taken directly to a hospital. Once located, a parent or a guardian is responsible for continuing treatment or for making other arrangements.

Legal Reference:

ARM 37.111.825

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: October 14, 2008 Revised on: March 10, 2014

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STUDENTS

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Accident Report This form is to be completed by the appropriate employee(s) as soon as possible after an accident occurs. Please Print or Type.

District Name __Cascade Public Schools______________________ School Name __________________ Principal’s Name ___________________________________ School Phone _469-9383______________ Date of Accident: ___________ Time: ____ o AM o PM

Supervising Employee ___________

Claimant’s Name ____________________________________ ______________________ _________________ Last Name First Name Middle Initial Claimant’s Address __________________________________________ ______________ ________________ City State ZIP Code Claimant’s SS # _____________________________ Home Phone Number (___) _________________________ Claimant’s Age _______ Date of Birth ______________________ Sex __________ Grade ______________ Parent’s Name (if student) ___________________________ Work Phone Number (___) __________________ Nature of Injury

Place of Accident

Body Part Injured

o Scratch

o Concussion

o Classroom

o Gymnasium

o Ankle

o Foot

o Leg

o Fracture

o Head Injury

o Hallway

o Parking Lot

o Arm

o Face

o Nose

o Bruise

o Sprain/Strain

o Bathroom

o Sidewalk

o Back

o Finger

o Teeth

o Burn

o Cut/Puncture

o Cafeteria

o Stairs

o Neck

o Hand

o Wrist

o Dislocation

o Bite

o Playground

o Athletic Field

o Eye

o Knee

o Shoulder

o Other ____________________

o Other ___________________

o Other _____________________

Describe accident and injury in detail (attach additional description as necessary): ____________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Were efforts made to contact the parent/guardian about the accident? o Yes o No Was first aid administered? o Yes

o No By whom? _________________________________

Was the student o Sent home o Sent to physician o Sent to hospital Is student covered by Student Accident Insurance? o Yes o No If yes, please list Company Name, address and phone number _________________________________________________________ If medical or hospital treatment was required, please complete the following information. (Attach a copy of medical bills, if available.) Name and address of doctor or hospital ________________________________________________ Witnesses (Name, Address & Phone) _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

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3440

Removal of Student During School Day The Board recognizes its responsibility for the proper care of students during a school day. In accordance with District procedures, only a duly authorized person may remove a student from school grounds, any school building, or school function during a school day. A person seeking to remove a student from school must present evidence satisfactory to a principal of having proper authority to remove the student. A teacher should not excuse a student from class to confer with anyone, unless a request is approved by a principal. The Superintendent will establish procedures for removal of a student during a school day.

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3440P

Removal of Student During School Day Schools must exercise a high order of responsibility for the care of students while in school. The removal of a student during the school day may be authorized in accordance with the following procedures: 1.

Law enforcement officers, upon proper identification, may remove a student from school as provided in Policies 4410 and 4411.

2.

Any other agencies must have a written administrative or court order directing the District to give custody to them. However, employees of the Department of Public Health and Human Services may take custody of a student under provisions of § 41-3-301, MCA, without a court order. Proper identification is required before the student shall be released.

3.

A student shall be released to the custodial parent. When in doubt as to custodial rights, school enrollment records must be relied upon, as the parents (or guardians) have the burden of furnishing schools with accurate, up-to-date information.

4.

The school should always check with the custodial parent before releasing the student to a non-custodial parent.

5.

Prior written authorization from the custodial parent or guardian is required before releasing a student into someone else’s custody, unless an emergency situation justifies a waiver.

6.

Police should be called if a visitor becomes disruptive or abusive.

Cross Reference:

4410 4411

Relations with the Law Enforcement and Child Protective Agencies Investigations and Arrests by Police

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School-Sponsored Student Activities 1.

Student Organizations: a. b. c. d.

2.

Social Events a. b. c. d.

3.

All curricular student clubs or organizations must be approved by the administration. Secret or clandestine organizations or groups will not be permitted. Bylaws and rules of curricular student clubs or organizations must not be contrary to Board policy or to administrative rules and regulations. Procedures in curricular student clubs or organizations must follow generally accepted democratic practices in the acceptance of members and nomination and election of officers. Student led and initiated non-curricular student groups may meet at school in accordance with District Policy without the sponsorship of the School District.

Social events must have prior approval of the administration. Social events must be held in school facilities unless approved by the Board. Social events must be chaperoned at all times. Attendance at high school social events and dances shall be limited to high school students, and middle school social events shall be limited to middle school students, unless prior permission is received from the principal.

Extracurricular Activities a. b. c.

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Participation in District Extracurricular Activities by Unenrolled Children a. Any child identified in Section 3.c.ii of this policy who is attending a nonpublic or home school meeting the requirements of section 20-5-109: i. Is eligible to seek to participate in any extracurricular activity of the District that is offered to pupils of the district who are of the same age. ii. Is subject to the same standards for participation as those required of full-time pupils enrolled in the school and the same rules of any interscholastic organization of which the school of participation is a member as specified in Section 3.a. and 3.b. of this policy and any related student or activity handbook provisions. iii. Will be assessed for purposes of placement, team formation and cuts using the same criteria as used for full-time pupils enrolled in the District. b. In cases where there is more than one school serving the same age group within District boundaries, a child under Section 4 of this policy shall be subject to the same school zone rules applicable to full-time pupils of the District. Participation for one school for one sport and another school for another sport is prohibited. c. The academic eligibility for extracurricular participation for a student attending a nonpublic school as specified under Section 4.a.ii of this policy shall be attested by the head administrator of the nonpublic school. No further verification shall be required. d. The academic eligibility for extracurricular participation for a student attending a home school as specified under Section 4.a.ii shall be attested in writing by the educator providing the student instruction with verification by the school principal for the school of participation. The verification may not include any form of student assessment. e. Students participating in extracurricular activities under Section 4 of this policy may be considered part-time enrollees for purposes of ANB in accordance with Policy 3150, 3121, and 3121P.

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Designation of Athletic Teams

Unless otherwise prohibited by Policy 3210 or federal law, District sponsored athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students who are biologically of the male sex. District sponsored athletic teams or events may be designated as one of the following based on biological sex in accordance with applicable MHSA rules, this Policy, federal law, Policy 3210, or the provisions of Section 6 of Chapter 405 (2021): a. males, men, or boys; b. females, women, or girls; or c. coed or mixed. This section of this Policy is void 21 days after the date the United States Secretary of Education files a written report with the proper committees of the United States House of Representatives

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3510 Page 3 of 3 and the United States Senate as required by 34 CFR 100.8(c) due to the enforcement of Chapter 405 (2021). Cross Reference:

Policy 3150 Part Time Attendance Policy 3121-3121P Enrollment and Attendance Policy 3233 Student use of Buildings-Equal Access Policy 3550 Student Clubs Policy 2332 Religion and Religious Activities Policy 3222 Distribution and Posting Materials Policy 3233- Student Use of Buildings - Equal Access Policy 4331 Use of School Property for Posting Notices

Legal Reference:

Chapter 297 2021 General Legislative Session Chapter 269 2021 General Legislative Session Chapter 405 2021 General Legislative Session 34 CFR 100.8(c) Procedure for Effecting Compliance Bostock v. Clayton County Georgia, 140 S.Ct. 1731 (2020)

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: December 2, 2003, November 18, 2008, March 10, 2014, July 21, 2021

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Student Fees and Fines Within the concept of free public education, the District will provide an educational program for students as free of costs as possible. Fees The Board may require fees for actual cost of breakage and for excessive supplies used in commercial, industrial arts, music, domestic science, science, or agriculture courses. The Board may also charge a student a reasonable fee for any course or activity not reasonably related to a recognized academic and educational goal of the District or for any course or activity taking place outside normal school functions. The Board may waive fees in cases of financial hardship. The Board delegates authority to the Superintendent to establish appropriate fees and procedures governing collection of fees and asks the Superintendent to make annual reports to the Board regarding fee schedules. The Board also may require fees for actual cost of breakage and for excessive supplies used in commercial, industrial arts, music, domestic science, science, or agriculture courses. Fines The District holds a student responsible for the cost of replacing materials or property that are lost or damaged because of negligence. A building administrator will notify a student and parent regarding the nature of violation or damage, how restitution may be made, and how an appeal may be instituted. Withholding and Transferring Records for Unpaid Fines or Fees The District may not refuse to transfer files to another district because a student owes fines or fees. The District may not withhold the school schedule of a student because the student owes fines or fees. The district may withhold the grades, diploma, or transcripts of a current or former student who is responsible for the cost of school materials or the loss or damage of school property until the student or the student’s parent or guardian pays the owed fines or fees. In the event a student who owes fines or fees transfers to another school district in the state and the District has decided to withhold the student’s grades, diploma, or transcripts from the student and the student’s parent or guardian, the District shall: 1. upon receiving notice that the student has transferred to another school district in the state, notify the 's student’s parent or guardian in writing that the school district to which the has transferred will be requested to withhold the student’s grades, diploma, or transcripts until any obligation has been satisfied; 2. forward appropriate grades or transcripts to the school district to which the student has transferred;


3520 Page 2 of 2 3. at the same time, notify the school district to which the student has transferred of any financial obligation of the student and request the withholding of the student’s grades, diploma, or transcripts until any obligations are met; 4. when the student or the student’s parent or guardian satisfies the obligation, inform the school district to which the student has transferred. A student or parent may appeal the imposition of a charge for damages to the Superintendent and to the Board. Legal reference:

§ 20-1-213 (3), MCA Transfer of school records § 20-5-201(4), MCA Duties and sanctions § 20-7-601, MCA Free textbook provisions § 20-9-214, MCA Fees

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Student Fund-Raising Activities The Board acknowledges that the solicitations of funds from students, staff, and citizens must be limited since students are a captive audience and since solicitation can disrupt the program of the schools. Solicitation and collection of money by students for any purpose, including the collection of money by students in exchange for tickets, papers, magazine subscriptions, or for any other goods or services for the benefit of an approved school organization, may be permitted by the Superintendent, providing that the instructional program is not adversely affected.

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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Student Fund Raising Activities

Those requesting permission to conduct a fund raising activity must agree to conduct the activity within attached guidelines. All monies derived from the activities shall be deposited in the appropriate district account. All equipment, supplies, and materials purchased from funds raised and/or derived from fund raising activities shall be the ownership of the district and the co-sponsoring club. Date: Student Group: Contact person/advisor: I request the following fund raising activity be considered for approval: Grade level: Item(s) to be sold or service to be provided:

Time frame for sale/activity: Fund raising purpose:

Marketing process:

Attach any pertinent information that will assist explaining your fundraising request Committees Action: Committee Comments:

Yes

No


Reason request is denied:

White copy to Activities Director. A.D. will indicate approved activity on Master Calendar. Colored copy to requesting person.

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Student Fund-Raising Activities Activities to raise money for a wide variety of school activities and equipment are held at various times throughout the course of the school year. All fund-raising activities must be conducted under the direct supervision of staff or other authorized individuals. Fundraisers must be for nonprofit, student groups and specifically related to school activities. Fund raising request forms are available in the office. Final approval is given through a Fundraising Committee. The request must include an explanation or justification for the proposal, consistent with the organization and/or district goals. Fundraising must not interfere with or disrupt the school day or instructional time. Individual students will not be dismissed from other classes for fundraising activities or preparation for fundraisers. Instructional time in other classes cannot be impacted by fundraising activities. A Fundraising Committee will oversee a master schedule and review proposals. Committee members will consist of the Activities Director, an administrator, two teachers, and the student council co-presidents. Precedence should be given to those activities historically and traditionally associated with certain student groups. Approval of fund-raising requests will be based on the needs of the student group or organization; the time of the activity so that there are not multiple activities taking place; the nature of the sales activity (students going out into the community versus community coming to the students); and evidence of the group’s commitment to have a successful campaign. Profits from the school’s concession stand benefits all student groups. All monies raised are divided among athletics, student publications, all student organizations, and elementary teachers. Advisors, coaches, and all other staff members support this process by working a shift when the concession stand is open for business. Any fundraisers that compete with the sale of food items from the concession will not be permitted. Individual students wishing to raise funds for individual needs cannot conduct a sales campaign within the school or its sponsored activities. The solicitation of staff and all Cascade School personnel by sales people, including student groups, is prohibited in the building before, during, and after school. All money raised must be receipted and deposited with the district. Staff and students should take all reasonable precautions to provide for the security of any items/materials/products being sold. Staff members are directed to follow established building procedures for the depositing of funds collected. At no time should money collected be allowed to accumulate in classrooms, lockers, or other unsecured areas. Policy History: Adopted on: November 18, 2008


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Student Clubs The Board recognizes that student clubs are a helpful resource for schools and supports their formation. Student clubs must complete an application process. The Administration is delegated the authority to approve or deny club applications. Curricular Student Clubs The Board of Trustees authorize the administration to approve and recognize curricular student clubs or organizations in a manner consistent with this policy and administrative procedure. Curricular Student clubs are those approved student clubs that directly relate to the body of courses offered by the school. Curricular student clubs that are recognized by the District are permitted to use District facilities, use the District’s name, a District school’s name, or a District school’s team name or any logo attributable to the District, and raise and deposit funds with the District. In order for the administration to approve and recognize a curricular student club the group must submit an application to the building administrator containing the following: 1.

The organization’s name and purpose.

2.

The portion of the curriculum that forms the basis of the club. The portion of the curriculum that forms the basis of the club or the course offered at the school enhanced by the club’s functions. This step is required for consideration as a curricular club. Applications that do not satisfy this step may be permitted to meet at the school as a noncurricular student group.

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The staff employee designated to serve as the group’s advisor.

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The rules and procedures under which it operates.

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A statement that the membership will adhere to applicable Board policies and administrative procedures.

The administration will report to the Board when new curricular student clubs have been approved and recognized. Upon approval of a new curricular student club, the administration will notify the District clerk so the group may have any funds raised for its operations so designated in accordance with the District’s financial practices.

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3550 Page 2 of 3 Approved curricular student clubs will appear in the student handbook and other appropriate district publications. Advisors of new student clubs may be eligible for a stipend in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreement provisions and available district resources. Approved curricular student clubs may also have limited access as designated by the administration to distribute messages through official communications of the district (e.g. intercom announcements, district newsletters, group emails, etc.). Non-Curricular Student Groups Student-led and initiated groups of similar interests that do not meet the requirements to be an approved curricular student club as outlined in this policy shall be designated as noncurricular student groups. Noncurricular student groups include any student group that does not directly relate to the body of courses offered by the District but has a regular meeting schedule and established operational structure. District employees that are present at meetings in a supervisory capacity are not eligible for a stipend. Student meetings must be supervised by an adult. Employees or agents of the District that are present at student group meetings must only serve in a supervisory capacity. The District approves a limited open forum, within the meaning of that term as defined U.S. Code § 4071, for non-curricular student groups to meet on school premises during noninstructional time. Noncurricular student groups wishing to conduct a meeting within this limited forum are subject to the following fair opportunity criteria, which shall be uniformly administered consistent with 20 U.S. Code § 4071: 1. All such meetings must be voluntary and student-initiated; 2. There shall be no sponsorship of the meeting by the District or its agents or employees; 3. Employees or agents of the District that are present at religious meetings must be only in a nonparticipatory capacity; 4. All meetings must not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the District; and 5. Nonschool persons may not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend activities of the non-curricular student groups. Meeting is defined as a gathering of a group of students for the purposes of discussing group beliefs or engaging in group operations. An event that does not meet this definition will be required to comply with the Community Use of District Facilities Policy and Procedure. Fundraising Noncurricular student groups may post notice of gatherings in accordance with Policy 3222. Noncurricular student groups may be authorized by the [Board or administration] to have the name of the school to appear as part of their group’s name. A logo attributable to the school or District, the District’s name, or the school’s team name or mascot may not be used by a

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3550 Page 3 of 3 noncurricular group. The permission to post notice of gatherings or use the school name does not constitute sponsorship of the group by the District. Informal Gatherings Students are permitted to informally gather at the school in accordance with Policy 3233. Informal gatherings of students are not permitted to use the District’s name, a District school’s name, or a District school’s team name or mascot, or any logo attributable to the District, and raise and deposit funds with the District. Informal student gatherings may not post notices or other materials in accordance with Policy 3222 but may request to post items in accordance with Policy 4331. Financial Operations All funds raised by recognized curricular student clubs are subject to applicable District policies regarding financial management. All funds raised by recognized curricular student clubs that are donated to the District become public funds when placed in a District account. All public funds must be monitored in accordance with state law. Deposits must be reviewed to ensure compliance with equity rules, amateur rules and appropriateness under district policy. Funds spent by the District will be done in accordance with District purchase order policy and spending limits regardless of the source of the donation. All expenditures should be preapproved to ensure equity and auditing standards are met. The administration is authorized to develop procedures to implement this policy. Cross Reference:

2332 – Religion and Religious Activities 3210 - Equal Education and Nondiscrimination 3222 – Distribution and Posting Materials 3233- Student Use of Buildings - Equal Access 4331 – Use of School Property for Posting Notices

Legal Reference:

20 U.S. Code § 4071 - Denial of equal access prohibited Section 20-5-203, MCA – Secret Organization Prohibited

Policy History: Adopted on: July 21, 2021 Reviewed on: Revised on:

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CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT CLUB APPLICATION – POLICY 3550F ___ This application is for a new club

___ This application is to renew an existing club

This application is to request approval of a student club at Cascade Public Schools. The application must be fully completed for the application to be considered. Incomplete or incorrectly prepared applications will not be considered. All applications will be considered in accordance with District Policy 3550 and District guidelines. Copies of the policy and guidelines can be obtained at: ______. Approved clubs that violate District Policy, Montana law or federal law are subject to suspension or termination. Step 1. General Club Information and Bylaws, Charter, or Statement of Purpose Proposed Club Name: _________________________ Proposed Club Supervisor Name: _______________________ Faculty supervisors do not sponsor or participate in non-curricular clubs; however, an adult supervisor must be present. Step 2. Club’s bylaws, charter, or statement of purpose. Please attach any documents outlining the rules and procedures under which the club will operate. These documents may include but are not limited to bylaws, membership expectations, or a national charter. If the documents are not yet available, drafts may be attached, or a detailed statement of purpose can be provided until documents are available. Step 3. Basis for Curriculum Related Status (For consideration as a curricular club. Groups that do not satisfy this step may be permitted to operate as a non-curricular student group.) To be approved as a curricular club, the club must be based upon an aspect of the school’s curriculum or the functions of the club must enhance a course offered at the school. Please attach a description of why the proposed club should be designated as a curricular club providing specific facts supporting such status. Step 4. Time, frequency, location, and notice of anticipated club meetings and functions Please attach a statement of the proposed use of school facilities, including at the specific areas or facilities of the school for which use is requested and the proposed nature of the use of those facilities. Attach or describe any examples of materials which the club plans to use to tell students about the club's existence or to invite students to join. Step 5. Submission and Acknowledgement By signing this application form the students and advisor acknowledge that the club’s members and operations will adhere to applicable Board policies and administrative procedures governing curricular clubs.

________________________________________ Requesting Student Date

_____________________________________ Proposed Supervisor Date

FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT USE ONLY Application Received By: __________________________________________

Date: ________________

Approved as Curricular Club By:___________________________________

Date: ________________

Operating as Non-Curricular Student Group By:___________________________

Date: ________________

NOTES: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The administration will retain all records related to this application. The administration will report to the requesting students, advisor, and Board of Trustees when new curricular student clubs have been approved.


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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Student Records School student records are confidential, and information from them will not be released other than as provided by law. State and federal laws grant students and parents certain rights, including the right to inspect, copy, and challenge school records. The District will ensure information contained in student records is current, accurate, clear, and relevant. All information maintained concerning a student receiving special education services will be directly related to the provision of services to that child. The District may release directory information as permitted by law, but parents will have the right to object to release of information regarding their child. Military recruiters and institutions of higher education may request and receive the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all high school students, unless the parent(s) notifies the school not to release this information. The Superintendent will implement this policy and state and federal law with administrative procedures. The Superintendent or designee will inform staff members of this policy and inform students and their parents of it, as well as of their rights regarding student school records. Each student’s permanent file, as defined by the board of public education, must be permanently kept in a secure location. Other student records must be maintained and destroyed as provided in 20-1-212, MCA. Legal Reference:

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. 99 § 20-1-212, MCA Destruction of records by school officer. § 20-5-201, MCA Duties and sanctions § 40-4-225, MCA Access to records by parent 10.55.909, ARM Student Records

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 5/15/07, 9/17/13, 10/19/21

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Student Records Notification to Parents and Students of Rights Concerning a Student’s School Records This notification may be distributed by any means likely to reach the parent(s)/guardian(s). The District will maintain two (2) sets of school records for each student: a permanent record and a cumulative record. The permanent record will include: Basic identifying information Academic work completed (transcripts) Level of achievement (grades, standardized achievement tests) Immunization records (per § 20-5-506, MCA) Attendance record Statewide student identifier assigned by the Office of Public Instruction Record of any disciplinary action taken against the student, which is educationally related The cumulative record may include: Intelligence and aptitude scores Psychological reports Participation in extracurricular activities Honors and awards Teacher anecdotal records Verified reports or information from non-educational persons Verified information of clear relevance to the student’s education Information pertaining to release of this record Disciplinary information The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents/guardians and students over eighteen (18) years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are: 1.

The right to inspect and copy the student’s education records, within a reasonable time from the day the District receives a request for access. “Eligible” students, who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, have the right to inspect and copy their permanent record. Parents/guardians or “eligible” students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make, within forty-five (45) days, arrangements for access and notify the parent(s)/ guardian(s) or eligible student of the time and place the records may be inspected. The District charges a nominal fee for

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3600F1 page 2 of 4 copying, but no one will be denied their right to copies of their records for inability to pay this cost. The rights contained in this section are denied to any person against whom an order of protection has been entered concerning a student. 2.

The right to request amendment of the student’s education records which the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, irrelevant, or improper. Parents/guardians or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record they believe is inaccurate, misleading, irrelevant, or improper. They should write the school principal or records custodian, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify the reason. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student, the District will notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student of the decision and advise him or her of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

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The right to permit disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA or state law authorizes disclosure without consent. Disclosure is permitted without consent to school officials with legitimate educational or administrative interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as contractors, attorneys, auditors, consultants, or therapists); volunteers; other outside parties to whom an educational agency or institution has outsourced institutional services or functions that it would otherwise use employees to perform; or a parent(s)/guardian(s) or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest, if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the District discloses education records, without consent, to officials of another school district in which a student has enrolled or intends to enroll, as well as to any person as specifically required by state or federal law. Before information is released to individuals described in this paragraph, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive

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3600F1 page 3 of 4 written notice of the nature and substance of the information and an opportunity to inspect, copy, and challenge such records. The right to challenge school student records does not apply to: (1) academic grades of their child, and (2) references to expulsions or out-of-school suspensions, if the challenge is made at the time the student’s school student records are forwarded to another school to which the student is transferring. Disclosure is also permitted without consent to: any person for research, statistical reporting, or planning, provided that no student or parent(s)/guardian(s) can be identified; any person named in a court order; and appropriate persons if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. 4.

The right to a copy of any school student record proposed to be destroyed or deleted.

5.

The right to prohibit the release of directory information concerning the parent’s/ guardian’s child. Throughout the school year, the District may release directory information regarding students, limited to: Student’s name Address Telephone listing Electronic mail address Photograph (including electronic version) Date and place of birth Major field of study Dates of attendance Grade level Enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time) Participation in officially recognized activities and sports Weight and height of members of athletic teams Degrees Honors and awards received Most recent educational agency or institution attended Any parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student may prohibit the release of all of the above information by delivering written objection to the building principal within ten (10) days of the date of this notice. No directory information will be released within this time period, unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student are specifically informed otherwise. When a student transfers, leaves the District, or graduates, the school must continue to honor a decision to opt-out, unless the parent or student rescinds the decision.

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3600F1 page 4 of 4 A parent or student 18 years of age or an emancipated student, may not opt out of directory information to prevent the district from disclosing or requiring a student to disclose their name [identifier, institutional email address in a class in which the student is enrolled] or from requiring a student to disclose a student ID card or badge that exhibits information that has been properly designated directory information by the district in this policy. 6.

The right to request that information not be released to military recruiters and/or institutions of higher education. Pursuant to federal law, the District is required to release the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all high school students to military recruiters and institutions of higher education upon request. Parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible students may request that the District not release this information, and the District will comply with the request.

7.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/16/12, 10/19/21

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Student Directory Information Notification Please sign and return this form to the school within ten (10) days of the receipt of this form ONLY if you do not want directory information about your child disclosed to third parties in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). If we receive no response by that date, we will disclose all student directory information at our discretion and/or in compliance with law.

_______________________ Date

Dear Parent/Eligible Student: This document informs you of your right to direct the District to withhold the release of student directory information for _______________________________________________. Student’s Name

Following is a list of items this District considers student directory information. Please review School District Policy 3600P for complete information. -Student’s name -Address -Telephone listing -Electronic mail address -Photograph (including electronic version) -Date and place of birth -Major field of study -Dates of attendance -Grade level

-Enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time) -Participation in officially recognized activities and sports -Weight and height of members of athletic teams -Degrees -Honors and awards received -Most recent educational agency or institution attended

If you do NOT want directory information provided to the following, please check the appropriate box.  Institutions of Higher Education,  Potential Employers,  Armed Forces Recruiters,  Government Agencies  Other

NOTE: If information such as a student’s name, grade level, or photograph, and other listed information is to be withheld, the student will not be included in the school’s yearbook, program events, and similar School District publications or other statewide programs related to student safety, research, and scholarship. Please review School District Policy 3600P for complete information.

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Student Records Maintenance of School Student Records The District maintains two (2) sets of school records for each student – a permanent record and a cumulative record. The permanent record will include: Basic identifying information Academic work completed (transcripts) Level of achievement (grades, standardized achievement tests) Immunization records (per § 20-5-406, MCA) Attendance record Statewide student identifier assigned by the Office of Public Instruction Record of any disciplinary action taken against the student, which is educationally related Each student’s permanent file, as defined by the board of public education, must be permanently kept in a secure location. The cumulative record may include: Intelligence and aptitude scores Psychological reports Participation in extracurricular activities Honors and awards Teacher anecdotal records Verified reports or information from non-educational persons Verified information of clear relevance to the student’s education Information pertaining to release of this record Disciplinary information Camera footage only for those students directly involved in the incident Information in the permanent record will indicate authorship and date and will be maintained in perpetuity for every student who has been enrolled in the District. Cumulative records will be maintained for eight (8) years after the student graduates or permanently leaves the District. Cumulative records which may be of continued assistance to a student with disabilities, who graduates or permanently withdraws from the District, may, after five (5) years, be transferred to the parents or to the student if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parents. The building principal will be responsible for maintenance, retention, or destruction of a student’s permanent or cumulative records, in accordance with District procedure established by the Superintendent. Access to Student Records The District will grant access to student records as follows: © MTSBA 2022


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The District or any District employee will not release, disclose, or grant access to information found in any student record except under the conditions set forth in this document.

2.

The parents of a student under eighteen (18) years of age will be entitled to inspect and copy information in the child’s school records. Such requests will be made in writing and directed to the records custodian. Access to the records will be granted within fifteen (15) days of the District’s receipt of such request. Parents are not entitled to records of other students. If a record contains information about two students, information related to the student of the non-requesting parent will be redacted from the record. In situations involving a record containing video footage, a parent of a student whose record contains the footage is allowed to view the footage contained in the record but is not permitted to receive a copy unless the parents of the other involved students provide consent. The footage is not a record of students in the background of the image or not otherwise involved in the underlying matter. Where the parents are divorced or separated, both will be permitted to inspect and copy the student’s school records, unless a court order indicates otherwise. The District will send copies of the following to both parents at either one’s request, unless a court order indicates otherwise: a. b. c. d. e.

Academic progress reports or records; Health reports; Notices of parent-teacher conferences; School calendars distributed to parents/guardians; and Notices about open houses and other major school events, including student-parent interaction.

A student that attains the age of legal majority is an “eligible student” under FERPA. An eligible student has the right to access and inspect their student records. An eligible student may not prevent their parents from accessing and inspecting their student records if they are a dependent of their parents in accordance with Internal Revenue Service regulations. Access will not be granted to the parent or the student to confidential letters and recommendations concerning admission to a post-secondary educational institution, applications for employment, or receipt of an honor or award, if the student has waived his or her right of access after being advised of his or her right to obtain the names of all persons making such confidential letters or statements. 2.

The District may grant access to or release information from student records without prior written consent to school officials with a legitimate educational interest in the information. A school official is a person employed by the District in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including, but not limited to administrators, teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, coaches, and bus drivers), and the board of trustees. A school official may also include a volunteer or contractor not employed by the District but who performs an educational service or function for which the District would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the District with respect to the use and maintenance of personally identifying information from education records, or such other third parties under contract with the District to provide professional services related to the District’s educational

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The District may grant access to or release information from student records without parental consent or notification to any person, for the purpose of research, statistical reporting, or planning, provided that no student or parent can be identified from the information released, and the person to whom the information is released signs an affidavit agreeing to comply with all applicable statutes and rules pertaining to school student records.

5.

The District may grant release of a child’s education records to child welfare agencies without the prior written consent of the parents.

6.

The District will grant access to or release information from a student’s records pursuant to a court order.

7.

The District will grant access to or release information from any student record, as specifically required by federal or state statute.

8.

The District will grant access to or release information from student records to any person possessing a written, dated consent, signed by the parent or eligible student, with particularity as to whom the records may be released, the information or record to be released, and reason for the release. One (1) copy of the consent form will be kept in the records, and one (1) copy will be mailed to the parent or eligible student by the Superintendent. Whenever the District requests consent to release certain records, the records custodian will inform the parent or eligible student of the right to limit such consent to specific portions of information in the records.

9.

The District may release student records to the superintendent or an official with similar responsibilities in a school in which the student has enrolled or intends to enroll, upon written request from such official. School officials may also include those listed in #3 above.

10.

Prior to release of any records or information under items 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, above, the District will provide prompt written notice to the parents or eligible student of this intended action. This notification will include a statement concerning the nature and substance of the records to be released and the right to inspect, copy, and challenge the contents.

11.

The District may release student records or information in connection with an emergency, without parental consent, if the knowledge of such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. The records custodian will make this decision, taking into consideration the nature of the emergency, the seriousness of the threat to the health and safety of the student or other persons, the need for such records to meet the emergency, and whether the persons to whom such records are released are in a position to deal with the emergency. The District will notify the parents or eligible student, as soon as possible, of the information released, date of the release, the person, agency, or organization to whom the release was made, and the purpose of the release.

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The District may disclose, without parental consent, student records or information to the youth court and law enforcement authorities, pertaining to violations of the Montana Youth Court Act or criminal laws by the student.

13.

The District will comply with an ex parte order requiring it to permit the U.S. Attorney General or designee to have access to a student’s school records without notice to or consent of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).

14.

The District charges a nominal fee for copying information in the student’s records. No parent or student will be precluded from copying information because of financial hardship.

15.

A record of all releases of information from student records (including all instances of access granted, whether or not records were copied) will be kept and maintained as part of such records. This record will be maintained for the life of the student record and will be accessible only to the parent or eligible student, records custodian, or other person. The record of release will include: a. b. c. d. e.

Information released or made accessible. Name and signature of the records custodian. Name and position of the person obtaining the release or access. Date of release or grant of access. Copy of any consent to such release.

Directory Information The District may release certain directory information regarding students, except that parents may prohibit such a release. Directory information will be limited to: Student’s name Address Telephone listing Electronic mail address Photograph (including electronic version) Date and place of birth Major field of study Dates of attendance Grade level Enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time) Participation in officially recognized activities and sports Weight and height of members of athletic teams Degrees Honors and awards received Most recent educational agency or institution attended The notification to parents and students concerning school records will inform them of their right to object to the release of directory information. The School District will specifically include information about the missing children electronic directory photograph repository permitting parents or guardians to choose to have the student's photograph included in the repository for that school year; information about the use of the directory photographs if a student is identified as a missing child; and © MTSBA 2022


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3600P page 5 of 6 information about how to request the student's directory photograph be removed from the repository. Military Recruiters/Institutions of Higher Education/Government Agencies Pursuant to federal law, the District is required to release the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all high school students to military recruiters and institutions of higher education upon request. The Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction may release student information to the Montana Commissioner of Higher Education and Montana Department of Labor and Industry for research purposes after entering into agreement with Commissioner and Department. If the Superintendent of Public Instruction offers a statewide assessment that serves as a college entrance exam, the student’s personally identifiable information may be released to colleges, state-contracted testing agencies, and scholarship organizations with student consent. The notification to parents and students concerning school records will inform them of their right to object to the release of this information. Student Record Challenges The District shall give a parent or eligible student, on request, an opportunity for a hearing to challenge content of the student’s education records on the grounds that the information contained in the education records is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of the student. The hearing required by 34 C.F.R. 99.21 must meet, at a minimum, the following requirements: • The District shall hold the hearing within a reasonable time after it has received the request for the hearing from the parent or eligible student. • The District shall give the parent or eligible student notice of the date, time, and place, reasonably in advance of the hearing. • The hearing may be conducted by any individual including an official of the District who does not have direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. • The District shall make its decision in writing within a reasonable amount of time after the hearing. • The decision must be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing, and must include a summary of the evidence and the reasons for the decision. The parent or eligible student has: • • • •

The right to present evidence and to call witnesses; The right to cross-examine witnesses; The right to counsel; The right to a written statement of any decision and the reasons therefor;

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3600P page 6 of 6 Legal Reference:

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g (2011); 34 C.F.R. 99 (2011), 34 C.F.R. 99.20-22 § 20-5-201, MCA Duties and sanctions § 40-4-225, MCA Access to records by parent § 41-3-201, MCA Reports § 41-5-215, MCA Youth court and department records – notification of school § 20-7-104 Transparency and public availability of public school performance data -- reporting-- availability for timely use to improve instruction. 10.55.909, ARM Student records 10.55.910, ARM Student Discipline Records Chapter 250 (2019) Electronic Director Photograph Repository

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/18/12, 9/17/13, 2/17/15, 11/19/19, 10/19/21

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STUDENTS Transfer of Student Records

The District will forward by mail or by electronic means a certified copy of a permanent or cumulative file of any student and a file containing of special education records of any student to a local educational agency or accredited school in which a student seeks to or intends to enroll within five (5) working days after receipt of a written or electronic request. The files to be forwarded must include education records in a permanent file – that is, name and address of a student, name of a parent or legal guardian, date of birth, academic work completed, level of achievement (grades, standardized tests), immunization records, special education records, and any disciplinary actions taken against a student that are educationally related. When the District cannot transfer records within five (5) days, the District will notify the requestor, in writing or electronically, and will provide reasons why the District is unable to comply with a five-(5)-day time period. The District also will include in that notice the date by which requested records will be transferred. The District will not refuse to transfer records because a student owes fines or fees.

Cross Reference:

3413 Student Immunization 3600 - 3600P Student Records 3606F Records Certification

Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-213, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 16, 2008

Transfer of school records


Cascade School District 3606F RECORDS CERTIFICATION I, (name of custodian of records), the duly appointed custodian of records for the Cascade School District No 3&B, Cascade County, State of Montana, pursuant to § 20-1-213, MCA, do hereby certify that the attached is a true and correct copy of the student records of (name of student), maintained in my possession and under my control. DATED this _____ day of _______________, 20__.

__________________________________________ Custodian of Records Cascade School District No. 3&B Policy History: Adopted on: December 16, 2008 Revised on:

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STUDENTS

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Receipt of Confidential Records Pursuant to Montana law, the District may receive case records of the Department of Public Health and Human Services and its local affiliate, the county welfare department, the county attorney, and the court concerning actions taken and all records concerning reports of child abuse and neglect. The District will keep these records confidential as required by law and will not include them in a student’s permanent file. The Board authorizes the individuals listed below to receive information with respect to a District student who is a client of the Department of Public Health and Human Services: • • • •

Principals Counselors School Secretary Superintendent

When the District receives information pursuant to law, the Superintendent will prevent unauthorized dissemination of that information.

Cross Reference:

3600 - 3600P Student Records

Legal Reference:

§ 41-3-205, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: December 16, 2008 Revised on:

Confidentiality – disclosure exceptions


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Programs for At-Risk/Disadvantaged Students The District will designate one (1) at-risk coordinator to collect and disseminate data regarding dropouts in the District and to coordinate the District’s program for students who are at high risk of dropping out of school. Each school year, the at-risk coordinator will prepare a dropout reduction plan that identifies: 1.

The number of District students who dropped out in the preceding regular school term;

2.

The number of students in grades 1-12 who are at risk of dropping out;

3.

The District’s dropout rate goal for the next school year;

4.

The dropout reduction programs, resources, and strategies to be used during the school year.

The Board will review and approve the plan and will make it available to the public. The District is not required to prepare a dropout reduction plan if fewer than five percent (5%) of its students are identified as “at risk” of dropping out. At-Risk Students In determining whether a student is at high risk of dropping out of school, the District will consider the student’s academic performance as well as whether the student is adjudged delinquent; abuses drugs or alcohol; is a student of limited English proficiency; receives compensatory or remedial education; is sexually, physically, or psychologically abused; is pregnant; is a slow learner; enrolls late in the school year; stops attending school before the end of the school year; is an underachiever; is unmotivated; or exhibits other characteristics that indicate the student is at high risk of dropping out of school. Programs and District Plan The District will provide a remedial and support program for any student who is at risk of dropping out of school. The District will have a plan designed to retain students in a school setting. The District plan will be the responsibility of the Superintendent or the designated at-risk coordinator and will: 1.

Emphasize a comprehensive team approach that includes the Superintendent, principal, parent/guardian, teacher, student, community service provider, business representative, or


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Include objectives designed to meet the identified needs of at-risk students and to retain those students in school;

3.

Be designed to use community resources that are available to serve at-risk youth;

4.

Provide for parental involvement, such as participation in developing student academic plans and training programs for parents; and

5.

Provide for review of individual profiles for at-risk students.

The District plan may also: 1.

Include alternatives; and

2.

Provide for the referral of students who drop out to programs such as adult basic education, Job Training Partnership Act programs, or other options.

Policy History: Adopted on: December 16, 2008 Revised on:


Cascade School District 3611 STUDENTS Gangs and Gang Activity The Board is committed to ensuring a safe and orderly environment, where learning and teaching may occur void of physical or psychological disruptions, unlawful acts, or violations of school regulations. Gang activities create an atmosphere of intimidation in the entire school community. Both the immediate consequences of gang activity and the secondary effects are disruptive and obstructive to the process of education and school activities. Groups of individuals which meet the definition of gangs, defined below, shall be restricted from school grounds or school activities. A gang is defined as any group of two (2) or more persons, whether formal or informal, who associate together to advocate, conspire, or commit: A.

One or more criminal acts; or

B.

Acts which threaten the safety or well-being of property or persons, including, but not limited to, harassment and intimidation.

Students on school property or at any school-sponsored activity shall not: 1.

Wear, possess, use, distribute, or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, or other items which are evidence of membership in or affiliation with any gang and/or representative of any gang;

2.

Engage in any act, whether verbal or nonverbal, including gestures or handshakes, showing membership in or affiliation with any gang and/or that is representative of any gang; or

3.

Engage in any act furthering the interest of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to: a. Soliciting membership in or affiliation with any gang; b. Soliciting any person to pay for protection or threatening another person, explicitly or implicitly, with violence or with any other illegal or prohibited act; c. Painting, writing, or otherwise inscribing gang-related graffiti, messages, symbols, or signs on school property; d. Engaging in violence, extortion, or any other illegal act or other violation of school property.

Violations of this policy shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, expulsion, and/or notification of police. Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: December 12, 2008 Reviewed on: November 10, 2008


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District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks General The District makes Internet access and interconnected computer systems available to District students and faculty. The District provides electronic networks, including access to the Internet, as part its instructional program and to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The District expects all students to take responsibility for appropriate and lawful use of this access, including good behavior on-line. The District may withdraw student access to its network and to the Internet when any misuse occurs. District teachers and other staff will make reasonable efforts to supervise use of network and Internet access; however, student cooperation is vital in exercising and promoting responsible use of this access. Curriculum Use of District electronic networks will be consistent with the curriculum adopted by the District, as well as with varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities, and developmental levels of students and will comply with selection criteria for instructional materials and library materials. Staff members may use the Internet throughout the curriculum consistent with the District’s educational goals. Acceptable Uses 1.

Educational Purposes Only. All use of the District’s electronic network must be: (1) in support of education and/or research, and in furtherance of the District’s stated educational goals; or (2) for a legitimate school business purpose. Use is a privilege, not a right. Students and staff members have no expectation of privacy in any materials that are stored, transmitted, or received via the District’s electronic network or District computers. The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and store, at any time and without prior notice, any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage.

2.

Unacceptable Uses of Network. The following are considered unacceptable uses and constitute a violation of this policy: A.

Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law, including but not limited to transmitting offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by the District’s student discipline policy; viewing, transmitting, or downloading pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; intruding into


3612 page 2 of 2 the networks or computers of others; and downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. B.

Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property, including but not limited to engaging in defamation (harming another’s reputation by lies); employing another’s password or some other user identifier that misleads message recipients into believing that someone other than you is communicating, or otherwise using his/her access to the network or the Internet; uploading a worm, virus, other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in “hacking” activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or other information.

C.

Uses that jeopardize the security of student access and of the computer network or other networks on the Internet.

D.

Uses that are commercial transactions. Students and other users may not sell or buy anything over the Internet. Students and others should not give information to others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers.

Warranties/Indemnification The District makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied, in connection with its provision of access to and use of its computer networks and the Internet provided under this policy. The District is not responsible for any information that may be lost, damaged, or unavailable when using the network or for any information that is retrieved or transmitted via the Internet. The District will not be responsible for any unauthorized charges or fees resulting from access to the Internet. Any user is fully responsible to the District and will indemnify and hold the District, its trustees, administrators, teachers, and staff harmless from any and all loss, costs, claims, or damages resulting from such user’s access to its computer network and the Internet, including but not limited to any fees or charges incurred through purchase of goods or services by a user. The District expects a user or, if a user is a minor, a user’s parents or legal guardian to cooperate with the District in the event of its initiating an investigation of a user’s use of access to its computer network and the Internet. Violations If a student violates this policy, the District will deny the student access or will withdraw access and may subject the student to additional disciplinary action. An administrator or building principal will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated this policy and any related rules or regulations and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time, with that decision being final. Policy History: Adopted on: December 12, 2008 Revised on:


3612F INTERNET ACCESS CONDUCT AGREEMENT Every student, regardless of age, must read and sign below: I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the terms of the __________ School District’s policy regarding District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks (Policy No. 3612). Should I commit any violation or in any way misuse my access to the District’s computer network and/or the Internet, I understand and agree that my access privilege may be revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken against me. User’s Name (Print): ________________________ Home Phone:________________________ User’s Signature: ___________________________ Date: ______________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________ Status:

Student ____

Staff ____ Patron ____

I am 18 or older ____

I am under 18 ____

If I am signing this policy when I am under 18, I understand that when I turn 18, this policy will continue to be in full force and effect and agree to abide by this policy. Parent or Legal Guardian. (If applicant is under 18 years of age, a parent/legal guardian must also read and sign this agreement.) As the parent or legal guardian of the above-named student, I have read, understand, and agree that my child shall comply with the terms of the District’s policy regarding District-Provided Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks for the student’s access to the District’s computer network and/or the Internet. I understand that access is being provided to the students for educational purposes only. However, I also understand that it is impossible for the school to restrict access to all offensive and controversial materials and understand my child’s responsibility for abiding by the policy. I am, therefore, signing this Agreement and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the District, the Trustees, Administrators, teachers, and other staff against all claims, damages, losses, and costs, of whatever kind, that may result from my child’s use of or access to such networks or his/her violation of the District’s policy. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision of my child’s use of his/her access account if and when such access is not in the school setting. I hereby give my child permission to use the building-approved account to access the District’s computer network and the Internet. Parent/Legal Guardian (Print): _____________________________________________________ Signature: _____________________________________________________________________ Home Phone: ___________________ Address: _____________________________________ Date: _________________________ This Agreement is valid for the _________________ school year only.


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Acceptable Use of Electronic Networks All use of electronic networks shall be consistent with the District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These procedures do not attempt to state all required or proscribed behaviors by users. However, some specific examples are provided. The failure of any user to follow these procedures will result in the loss of privileges, disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action. Terms and Conditions 1.

Acceptable Use – Access to the District’s electronic networks must be: (a) for the purpose of education or research and consistent with the educational objectives of the District; or (b) for legitimate business use.

2.

Privileges – The use of the District’s electronic networks is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of those privileges. The system administrator (and/or building principal) will make all decisions regarding whether or not a user has violated these procedures and may deny, revoke, or suspend access at any time. That decision is final.

3.

Unacceptable Use – The user is responsible for his or her actions and activities involving the network. Some examples of unacceptable uses are: a.

Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other contracts, or transmitting any material in violation of any federal or state law;

b.

Unauthorized downloading of software, regardless of whether it is copyrighted or devirused;

c.

Downloading copyrighted material for other than personal use;

d.

Using the network for private financial or commercial gain;

e.

Wastefully using resources, such as file space;

f.

Hacking or gaining unauthorized access to files, resources, or entities;

g.

Invading the privacy of individuals, which includes the unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, and use of information of a personal nature about anyone;


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4.

5.

h.

Using another user’s account or password;

i.

Posting material authored or created by another, without his/her consent;

j.

Posting anonymous messages;

k.

Using the network for commercial or private advertising;

l.

Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, or displaying any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, or illegal material; and

m.

Using the network while access privileges are suspended or revoked.

Network Etiquette – The user is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include but are not limited to the following: a.

Be polite. Do not become abusive in messages to others.

b.

Use appropriate language. Do not swear or use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.

c.

Do not reveal personal information, including the addresses or telephone numbers, of students or colleagues.

d.

Recognize that electronic mail (e-mail) is not private. People who operate the system have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

e.

Do not use the network in any way that would disrupt its use by other users.

f.

Consider all communications and information accessible via the network to be private property.

No Warranties – The District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. The District will not be responsible for any damages the user suffers. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its negligence or the user’s errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. The District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.


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Indemnification – The user agrees to indemnify the District for any losses, costs, or damages, including reasonable attorney fees, incurred by the District, relating to or arising out of any violation of these procedures.

7.

Security – Network security is a high priority. If the user can identify a security problem on the Internet, the user must notify the system administrator or building principal. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Keep your account and password confidential. Do not use another individual’s account without written permission from that individual. Attempts to log on to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk may be denied access to the network.

8.

Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges, and other disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of another user, the Internet, or any other network. This includes but is not limited to uploading or creation of computer viruses.

9.

Telephone Charges – The District assumes no responsibility for any unauthorized charges or fees, including telephone charges, long-distance charges, per-minute surcharges, and/ or equipment or line costs.

10.

Copyright Web Publishing Rules – Copyright law and District policy prohibit the republishing of text or graphics found on the Web or on District Websites or file servers, without explicit written permission. a.

For each republication (on a Website or file server) of a graphic or text file that was produced externally, there must be a notice at the bottom of the page crediting the original producer and noting how and when permission was granted. If possible, the notice should also include the Web address of the original source.

b.

Students and staff engaged in producing Web pages must provide library media specialists with e-mail or hard copy permissions before the Web pages are published. Printed evidence of the status of “public domain” documents must be provided.

c.

The absence of a copyright notice may not be interpreted as permission to copy the materials. Only the copyright owner may provide the permission. The manager of the Website displaying the material may not be considered a source of permission.

d.

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Student work may only be published if there is written permission from both the parent/guardian and the student.

Use of Electronic Mail. a.

The District’s electronic mail system and its constituent software, hardware, and data files are owned and controlled by the District. The District provides e-mail to aid students and staff members in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities and as an education tool.

b.

The District reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of any account on its system without prior notice or permission from the account’s user. Unauthorized access by any student or staff member to an electronic mail account is strictly prohibited.

c.

Each person should use the same degree of care in drafting an electronic mail message as would be put into a written memorandum or document. Nothing should be transmitted in an e-mail message that would be inappropriate in a letter or memorandum.

d.

Electronic messages transmitted via the District’s Internet gateway carry with them an identification of the user’s Internet “domain.” This domain name is a registered domain name and identifies the author as being with the District. Great care should be taken, therefore, in the composition of such messages and how such messages might reflect on the name and reputation of this District. Users will be held personally responsible for the content of any and all electronic mail messages transmitted to external recipients.

e.

Any message received from an unknown sender via the Internet should either be immediately deleted or forwarded to the system administrator. Downloading any file attached to any Internet-based message is prohibited, unless the user is certain of that message’s authenticity and the nature of the file so transmitted.

f.

Use of the District’s electronic mail system constitutes consent to these regulations.


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Internet access is limited to only those “acceptable uses,” as detailed in these procedures. Internet safety is almost assured if users will not engage in “unacceptable uses,” as detailed in these procedures, and will otherwise follow these procedures.

2.

Staff members shall supervise students while students are using District Internet access, to ensure that the students abide by the Terms and Conditions for Internet access, as contained in these procedures.

3.

Each District computer with Internet access has a filtering device that blocks entry to visual depictions that are: (1) obscene; (2) pornographic; or (3) harmful or inappropriate for students, as defined by the Children’s Internet Protection Act and determined by the Superintendent or designee.

4.

The district shall provide age-appropriate instruction to students regarding appropriate online behavior. Such instruction shall include, but not be limited to: positive interactions with others online, including on social networking sites and in chat rooms; proper online social etiquette; protection from online predators and personal safety; and how to recognize and respond to cyberbullying and other threats.

5.

The system administrator and building principals shall monitor student Internet access.

Legal Reference:

Children’s Internet Protection Act, P.L. 106-554 Broadband Data Services Improvement Act/Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-385) 20 U.S.C. § 6801, et seq. Language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students 47 U.S.C. § 254(h) and (l) Universal service

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STUDENTS Student Member of School Board

The Board believes it is important to receive student input into decisions which affect students. For this reason, the position of nonvoting student members of the Board is established. The purpose is to: -

Help the Board gain a greater insight into student activities, programs and needs;

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Encourage more student involvement in school district government activities;

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Provide a greater awareness and understanding of mutual issues between school staff and students;

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Provide for the active involvement of students in their education and to foster a spirit of inquiry whereby students may freely express their views and listen to and evaluate the opinions of others.

The District will have one (1) nonvoting student member of the Board. The role of the student member is advisory only and the following rules shall be applicable: -

The student member of the Board will be a co-president of the Cascade High School Student Council or a designee from the Student Council;

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The term of office will be one year, from July 1 through June 30;

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Student members will not participate in executive sessions of school board meetings;

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Student members may not introduce motions;

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Student members are expected to attend all public meetings of the Board and can be appointed to committees at the discretion of the Board Chair;

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Student members will not receive payment for their services;

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The Student Council can recall a student board member. The process of such recall shall be determined by the Student Council subject to review by the

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The Board reserves the right to bar the participation of a student member if actions of the student are unacceptable to the board.

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Cell Phones and Other Electronic Equipment Student possession and use of cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic signaling devices on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, and while under the supervision and control of District employees is a privilege which will be permitted only under the circumstances described herein. At no time will any student operate a cell phone or other electronic device with video capabilities in a locker room, bathroom, or other location where such operation may violate the privacy right of another person. Students may use cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic signaling devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. Students in grades 9-12 may also use such devices during the lunch period. These devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during the instructional day. Unauthorized use of such devices disrupts the instructional program and distracts from the learning environment. Therefore, unauthorized use is grounds for confiscation of the device by school officials, including classroom teachers. Confiscated devices will be returned to the student at the end of the school day and parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified. Repeated unauthorized use of such devices will result in disciplinary action. Building level administrators may grant permission for individual students or classes to use and/or possess cellular phones, if, in the sole discretion if the administrator, such use is necessary to the safety and/or welfare of the student or at the request of the instructor for technology educational usage.

Policy History: Adopted on: December 21, 2004 Revised on: December 16, 2008


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Cascade School District STUDENTS

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Pupil Online Personal Information Protection Compliance The School District will comply with the Montana Pupil Online Personal Information Protection Act. The School District shall execute written agreements with operators who provide online applications for students and employees in the school district. The School District will execute written agreements with third parties who provide digital educational software or services, including cloud-based services, for the digital storage, management, and retrieval of pupil records. The written agreements will require operators and third parties to the School District for K-12 purposes or the delivery of student or educational services to comply with Montana and federal law regarding protected student information. All pupil records accessed by the operator or third party during the term of the agreement or delivery of service to the application will continue to be the property of and under the control of the school district. Operators of Online Applications Operators providing online applications to the School District shall not target advertising to students, sell student information, or otherwise misuse student information. Operators shall not use information to amass a profile about a pupil, except in furtherance of K-12 school purposes. Operators shall not sell a pupil's information, including protected information unless authorized by law. Operators shall not disclose protected information unless the disclosure is made in accordance with School District policy, state or federal law, or with parent consent. Operators shall implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the protected information and safeguard that information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification, or disclosure. Operators shall delete a pupil's protected information if the school or district requests the deletion of data under the control of the school or district. Third Parties Providing Software and Services Third parties providing digital education software and services to the School District shall certify that pupil records will not be retained or available to the third party upon completion of the terms of the agreement. Furthermore, third parties shall not use any information in pupil records for any purpose other than those required or specifically permitted by the agreement with the operator. Third parties shall not use personally identifiable information in pupil records to engage in targeted advertising. Third parties providing digital education software and services to the School District shall provide a description of the means by which pupils may retain possession and control of their own pupil-generated content. Third parties shall provide a description of the procedures by which a parent, legal guardian, or eligible pupil may review personally identifiable information in the pupil's records and correct erroneous information. Third parties shall provide a description of the actions the third party will take, including the designation and training of responsible individuals, to ensure the security and confidentiality of pupil records. Third parties shall provide

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a description of the procedures for notifying the affected parent, legal guardian, or pupil if 18 years of age or older in the event of an unauthorized disclosure of the pupil's records; Failure to Comply and Legal Review An operator’s or third party’s failure to honor the law, agreement or School District policy will result in termination of services. The School District will report any operator who fails to honor the law to the appropriate authorities for criminal prosecution. All contracts and agreements executed under this agreement will be reviewed by the School District’s legal counsel. Cross Reference:

Policy 3600 – Student Records Policy 3650F- Model Agreement

Legal Reference:

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 C.F.R. 99 Montana Pupil Online Personal Information Protection Act, Title 20, chapter 7, part 13, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: November 19, 2019 Reviewed on: Revised on:

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Cascade School District COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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Goals The Board, through the leadership of the Superintendent and with the assistance of the total staff, will seek to enhance the District's community relations by striving to achieve the following goals: 1.

to encourage and enhance communications, understanding, trust and mutual support between the District and the people it serves;

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to increase both the quality and quantity of public participation in school affairs, activities and programs;

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to strengthen and improve relations and interactions among staff, trustees, citizens, parents and students;

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to promote understanding and cooperation between the schools and community groups.

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to encourage and create active participation of the public in school affairs.

Legal Reference:

10.55.701, ARM 10.55.801, ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: Reviewed on: January 13, 2009

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CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT R = required 4000 SERIES COMMUNITY RELATIONS TABLE OF CONTENTS 4000 R 4120 4210 4211 4301 R 4310 4315 R 4316 4320 4321 R 4330 4330F 4330P 4331 4332 4340 4350 4410 4411 4520 4550

Goals Public Relations School-Support Organizations, Boosters and Fundraising School Name Imagery and Colors Visitors to Schools Public Complaints and Suggestions Visitor and Spectator Conduct Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities Contact with Students Distribution of Fund Drive Literature through Students Community Use of School Facilities School Facilities and Grounds Use and Liability Release Agreement Rules and Regulations for Building Use Use of School Property for Posting Notices Conduct on School Property Public Access to District Records Website Accessibility and Nondiscrimination Relations with Law Enforcement and Child Protective Agencies Interrogations and Investigations Conducted by School Officials Cooperative Programs with Other Districts and Public Agencies Registered Sex Offenders


Cascade School District COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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Public Relations The District will strive to maintain effective two-way communication with the public to enable the Board and staff to interpret the schools' needs to the community and provide a means for citizens to express their needs and expectations to the Board and staff. The Superintendent will establish and maintain a communication process within the school system and between it and the community. Such a public information program will provide for news releases at appropriate times, arrange for news media coverage of district programs and events, provide for regular direct communications between individual schools and the citizens they serve, and assist staff in improving their skill and understanding in communicating with the public. The District may solicit community opinion through parent organizations, parent-teacher conferences, open houses and other events or activities which may bring staff and citizens together.

Legal Reference:

Article II, Sec. 8, Montana Constitution – Right of participation Article II, Sec. 9, Montana Constitution – Right to know

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: January 13, 2009


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School-Support Organizations, Boosters and Fundraising The Board recognizes that parent, teacher, and student organizations are an invaluable resource to District schools and supports their formation and vitality. While parent, teacher, and student organizations have no administrative authority and cannot determine District policy, their suggestions and assistance are always welcome. School-Support Organizations Parent or booster organizations are recognized by the Board and permitted to use the District’s name, a District school’s name, or a District school’s team name or any logo attributable to the District, provided they first receive the Board’s approval during a duly constituted Board meeting. Unauthorized use of the District school’s team name, logo, or imagery is strictly prohibited. The District reserves the right to seek all available legal remedies for unauthorized use of the District school’s name, logo, or imagery. In order for the School District to comply with the federal law, state law and MHSA By-Laws, Rules and Regulations, Board recognition as a parent or booster organization along with consent to use one of the above-mentioned names or logos will be granted if the organization has approved and submitted bylaws containing the following: 1.

The organization’s name and purpose. Acceptable purposes may include enhancement of students’ educational experiences, assistance to meet educational needs of students, support of academic clubs, or enrichment of extracurricular activities.

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The rules and procedures under which it operates.

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A statement that the membership will adhere to applicable Board policies and administrative procedures when working on District premises or with District officials or programs.

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A statement that membership is open and unrestricted and the organization will not engage in discrimination based on someone’s innate characteristics or membership in a protected classification.

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A statement that the District is not, and will not be, responsible for the organization’s business or the conduct of its members.

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A designation of the organization’s treasurer. A statement that the organization will maintain finances consistent with General Finance Principles in a manner open to review by any member of the organization or the school district.


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A recognition that money given to a school cannot be earmarked for any particular expense. Booster organizations may make recommendations, but cash or other valuable consideration must be given to the District to use at its discretion. The Board’s legal obligation to comply with Title IX by providing equal athletic opportunity for members of both genders will supersede an organizations recommendation.1

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A recognition that the School District reserves the right to reject any and all donations.

Permission to use one of the above-mentioned names, logos or imagery may be suspended by the administration and rescinded by the Board for failure to comply with this policy. Authorization to use one of the above-mentioned names, logos, or imagery does not constitute permission to act as the District’s representative. At no time does the District accept responsibility for the actions of any parent or booster organization, regardless of whether it was recognized and/or permitted to use any of the above-mentioned names or logos.2 The Superintendent shall designate an administrative staff member to serve as the liaison to parent or booster organization. The liaison will serve as a resource person and provide information about school programs, resources, policies, problems, concerns, and emerging issues. Building staff may be encouraged to participate in the organizations. Individual Boosters or Donors Individual boosters or donors not covered by the bylaws of an organization governed by this policy may still assist in school operations. The Board encourages the involvement of local communities in school activities and operations. In order for the School District to comply with the federal law, state law and MHSA By-Laws, Rules and Regulations, individual boosters or donors must honor the following provisions: 1. The individual must have prior approval must be granted by the Board for use of the District’s name, logo, or imagery. 2. The individual must comply with Board policies and administrative procedures when submitting donations.

1 The School District may not accept booster organization assistance that creates vast gender differences or a school board may face claims that it has violated Title IX. Title IX’s focus is on equal funding opportunities, equal facility availability, similar travel and transportation treatment, comparable coaching, and comparable publicity (34 C.F.R. Part 106). 2 Booster organizations present potential liabilities to a school district beyond loss of funds, because they seldom are properly organized (they generally are not incorporated or otherwise legally recognized), carry no insurance, raise and handle large sums of money, and organization members hold themselves out as agents of the school (after all, no funds could be raised but for the school connection). A disclaimer, such as the one presented here, may not be sufficient. A district may take several actions, after discussion with its attorney, to minimize liability, such as adding a requirement to item 6 above that the organization: (1) operate under the school’s authority (activity accounts); or (2) be properly organized and demonstrate fiscal responsibility by being a 501(c)(3) organization, obtaining a bond, and/or arranging regular audits. Ultimately, the best way to minimize liability is to be sure that the district’s errors-and-omissions insurance covers parent organizations and booster organizations.


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4210 page 3 of 3 3. The individual may not violate federal law, state law, District policy or MHSA By-Laws, Rules and Regulations. 4. The individual acknowledges the District is not, and will not be, responsible for the individual booster or donor’s business or their conduct. 5. The individual acknowledges that donations cannot be earmarked for any particular expense. Individual boosters or donors may make recommendations, but cash or other valuable consideration must be given to the District to use at its discretion in accordance with applicable laws. The Board’s legal obligation to comply with Title IX by providing equal athletic opportunity for members of both genders will supersede any individual’s recommendation. 6. The District reserves the right to reject any and all donations. Fundraising All donations completed by recognized organizations are subject to applicable School District policies regarding financial management. Funding endeavors are generally viewed as beneficial when coordinated with district goals, initiatives, and existing plans. The District reserves the right to reject any and all donations. All funds raised by recognized organizations that are donated to the School District become public funds when placed in a School District account. All public funds must be monitored in accordance with state law. Donations must be reviewed to ensure compliance with equity rules, amateur rules and appropriateness under district policy. Donations may be conditional under state law if conditions are in compliance. Funds spent by the School District will be done in accordance with District purchase order policy and spending limits regardless of the source of the donation. All expenditures should be preapproved to ensure equity and auditing standards are met. Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: April 21, 2009, 10/17/17


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District and School Name, Logo, Imagery and Colors Use of the District’s name, a District school’s name, or a District school’s team name or mascot or any logo or imagery attributable to the District by any group, individual, business, entity, or organization may occur only after securing the Board’s written approval as documented during a duly constituted Board meeting. Unauthorized use of the District school’s team name, mascot, logo, or imagery is strictly prohibited. The District reserves the right to seek all available legal remedies for unauthorized use of the District school’s name, logo, mascot, or imagery. Policy History: Adopted on: 7/21/21 Reviewed on: Revised on:

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Cascade School District COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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Visitors to Schools The District welcomes visits by parents and citizens to all District buildings. All visitors shall report to the student office on entering any District building and comply with any other applicable school safety and security policy, procedure or protocol. School visitors shall not interfere with school operations or delivery of educational services to students. Conferences with teachers should be held outside school hours or during the teacher’s conference or preparation time.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: January 13, 2009 Revised on: October 25, 2016 Revised on: August 20, 2019


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Public Complaints and Suggestions The Board is interested in receiving valid complaints and suggestions. Public complaints and suggestions shall be submitted by the Uniform Complaint Procedure to the appropriate-level staff member or District administrator. Each complaint or suggestion shall be considered on its merits. Unless otherwise indicated in these policies or otherwise provided for by law, no appeal may be taken from any decision of the Board.

Cross Reference:

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Uniform Complaint Procedure

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Visitor and Spectator Conduct Any person, including an adult, who behaves in an unsportsmanlike or inappropriate manner during a visit to the school or a school event may be ejected from the event and/or denied permission to access school buildings or property or school events as determined by the Board of Trustees. Examples of unsportsmanlike or inappropriate conduct include but are not limited to: • • • • • • • •

Using vulgar or obscene language or gestures; Possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage; Possessing or consuming any illegal substance or marijuana; Possessing a weapon or firearm in violation of Policy 4332; Fighting or otherwise striking or threatening another person; Failing to obey instructions of a security officer or District employee; and Engaging in any illegal or disruptive activity. Other violations of District Policy.

The Superintendent is authorized to temporarily restrict access to school buildings or property and recommend to the Board of Trustees denial of future admission to any person by delivering or mailing a notice by certified mail with return receipt requested, containing: 1. 2. 3.

Date, time, and place of a Board hearing; Description of the unsportsmanlike conduct; and Proposed time period admission to school buildings or property or school events will be denied.

Cross Reference:

4301 4332

Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-206, MCA § 20-4-303, MCA § 45-8-101, MCA § 45-8-351, MCA

Visitors to School Conduct on School Property

Disturbance of school – penalty Abuse of teachers Disorderly conduct Restriction on Local Government Regulation of Firearms Article X, section 8 Montana Constitution Initiative 190 – “Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.” January 1, 2021

Policy History Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: March 17, 2009 Revised on: August 20, 2019, November 19, 2019, July 21, 2021

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Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities Individuals with disabilities will be provided opportunity to participate in all school-sponsored services, programs, or activities on a basis equal to those without disabilities and will not be subject to illegal discrimination. The District may provide auxiliary aids and services when necessary to afford individuals with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in or enjoy the benefits of a service, program, or activity. The Superintendent is designated the Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Coordinator and, in that capacity, is directed to: 1.

Oversee District compliance efforts, recommend necessary modifications to the Board, and maintain the District’s final Title II self-evaluation document and keep it available for public inspection for at least three (3) years after its completion date (for districts having fifty (50) or more full- or part-time employees).

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Institute plans to make information regarding Title II protection available to any interested party.

An individual with a disability should notify the Superintendent or building principal if they have a disability which will require special assistance or services and what services are required. This notification should occur as far as possible before the school-sponsored function, program, or meeting. Individuals with disabilities may allege a violation of this policy or of federal law by reporting it to the Superintendent, as the Title II Coordinator, or by filing a grievance under the Uniform Complaint Procedure.

Cross Reference:

1700

Legal Reference :

Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111, et seq., and 12131, et seq.; 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on:

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Contact with Students Students are entrusted to the schools for educational purposes. Although educational purposes encompass a broad range of experiences, school officials must not assume license to allow unapproved contact with students by persons not employed by the District for educational purposes. Teachers may arrange for guest speakers on appropriate topics relative to the curriculum. Principals may approve school assemblies on specific educational topics of interest and relevance to the school program. The District normally does not permit other types of contact by non-school personnel. Unless authorized by the building administrator or otherwise required by District policy or state and federal law, the District will not allow access to the schools by outside individuals, entities, businesses, service providers, or organizations desiring to use the captive audience in a school for information, sales material, special interest purposes or delivery of services to students or groups of students that are unrelated to District operations. Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: Reviewed on: January 13, 2009 Revised on November 19, 2019


Cascade School District COMMUNITY RELATIONS

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Distribution of Fund Drive Literature Through Students It is the policy of this District to refrain from having the students, as student body members, used for collection or dissemination purposes. Exceptions to this policy will be considered when recognized or student or school-affiliated organizations of the District request permission to participate in such activity.

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Community Use of School Facilities School facilities are available to the community for educational, civic, cultural, and other noncommercial uses consistent with the public interest, when such use will not interfere with the school program or school-sponsored activities. Use of school facilities for school purposes has precedence over all other uses. Persons on school premises must abide by District conduct rules at all times. Student and school-related organizations shall be granted the use of school facilities at no cost. Other organizations granted the use of school facilities shall pay fees and costs. The Superintendent will develop procedures to manage community use of school facilities, which will be reviewed and approved by the Board. Use of school facilities requires the Superintendent’s approval and is subject to the procedures. Administration will approve and schedule various uses of school facilities. A master calendar will be kept in the office for scheduling dates to avoid conflicts during the school year. Should a conflict arise, the District reserves the right to cancel an approved request when it is determined that the facilities are needed for school purposes. Requests for use of school facilities must be submitted to the Superintendent’s office in advance of the event. The School Facilities and Grounds Use and Liability Release Agreement can be obtained by contacting the District Office. The School Facilities and Grounds Use and Liability Release Agreement must be completed, signed, and returned to the District office prior to the use of the facilities or grounds. Legal Reference:

§ 20-7-805, MCA Recreational use of school facilities secondary Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School Dist., 113 S.Ct. 2141

Policy History: Adopted on: Reviewed on: Revised on: January 22, 2019


4330F SCHOOL FACILITIES/GROUNDS USE AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM Cascade School District Organization or Individual Requesting Facility Use: __________________________________________ Facility Requested: ____________________________________________________________________ Date and Hours of Requested Use: ________________________________________________________ Purpose of Use: _______________________________________________________________________ Will there be an admission fee? ______ If so, how much? _______________________________ Premises and Conditions Conditions of Facilities Use - Use of District facilities is conditioned upon the following covenants: 1. All District policies are in effect and shall be honored during the rental period and while the requesting organization is using the facility. 2. That no alcoholic beverages, tobacco, nicotine products, or other drugs are sold or consumed on the premises by the requesting organization or individual or any of its employees, patrons, agents, or members. 2. That no illegal games of chance or lotteries will be permitted. 3. That no functional alteration of the premises or functional changes in the use of such premises shall be made without specific written consent of the District. 4. That adequate supervision is provided by the requesting organization or individual to ensure proper care and use of District facilities. The District uses audio and video surveillance to monitor activity in the facility. 5. The presence of weapons, including firearms, is prohibited unless previously reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees in accordance with Montana law. 6. All District-owned equipment, facilities, and other property will remain unchanged and undamaged and the requesting organization or individual will pay for any damages to District property. All fobs, or other access items will be returned to the District. Access to the facility will be restricted to the identified points of ingress and egress. 7. All attendees and participants shall honor and enforce County Health Department directives and safety standards and School District policies regarding the health and safety at gatherings and events held at the school. The requesting organization is expected to specifically comply with all cleaning and disinfecting protocols outlined in District policy as attached. Failure to honor these covenants will result in cancellation of the event and/or all available remedies under the law. Rent and Deposit The requesting organization or individual agrees to pay the District, as rent for the premises and as payment for special services (if any) provided by the District, the sum of $______________________, and this shall be due ______________ days in advance. The requesting organization or individual shall be responsible for the actual cost of repair or replacement, including costs, disbursements, and expenses, resulting while it has use of the premises. Indemnification The requesting organization or individual, by signature below, hereby guarantees that the organization shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the District and any of its employees or agents, from any liability, expenses, costs (including attorney’s fees), damages, and/or losses arising out of injury or death to any person or persons or damage to any property of any kind in connection with the organization or individual’s use of the District facility, which are not the result of fraud, willful injury to a person or property, or willful or negligent violation of a law on the part of the School District. The undersigned organization or individual accepts and assumes all such risks and hazards.

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Insurance The user of the facility shall provide the District with a certificate of insurance and endorsement to their property and liability policy. Said certificate and policy endorsement shall name the District as an additional insured. The certificate and policy shall show coverage for comprehensive general liability insurance for injuries to or death of any person or damage to or loss of property arising out of or in any way resulting from the described use of the facility. The insurance shall provide for amounts not less than $1,000,000 for bodily injury or death to any one person or resulting from any one accident, and $1,000,000 for property damage in any one accident or the policy may provide a combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage for $1,000,000. The certificate shall contain a provision that the insurer not cancel or refuse to renew without giving the District written notice at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation or non-renewal. The requesting organization understands that the District will take all reasonable precautions to insure the risk of injury to individuals accessing the facilities or grounds is minimized. However, even though these precautions are taken there is still a chance of injury, and in rare instances even severe injury and death. The requesting organization understands the risks involved. Any negligence arising out of use of the facilities or grounds under this agreement shall be attributed to requesting entity as comparative negligence within the meaning of Section 27-1-702, MCA. The School District DOES NOT provide medical insurance for any individuals who choose to access and use the facilities. Non-Discrimination The District will consider requests for use of district facilities for political purposes and activity in accordance with Montanan law. The requesting organization or individual agrees to abide by nondiscrimination clauses as contained in the Montana Human Rights Act and the Governmental Code of Fair Practices. District’s Rights The District reserves the right to cancel this Agreement, when it is determined by the District that the facilities are needed for school purposes, the event will violate District policy, or if the conditions outlined in this agreement are not satisfied. The District reserves all rights under the law to seek remedy in the event School District property is damaged. DATED this _____ day of _______________, 20__.

Cascade School District: By ____________________________________

Requesting Organization or Individual:

By ____________________________________ Address ________________________________ Phone _________________________________ Additional Obligations __________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Revised on: October 16, 2012, 10/17/17, 1/22/19, 10/19/21

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Rules and Regulations for Building/Facility/Equipment Use 1.

Applications requesting use of the school facility must be presented to the building administrator at least ten (10) days in advance of the time desired and must be signed by a qualified representative of the organization desiring to use the building.

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The school premises shall not be available before 5:00 p.m. on school days, except under special conditions.

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Rental fees are as follows: (Example)

Gym

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Fees (will) (may) be waived for private nonprofit groups that do not charge admission fees. Religious groups or organizations will be charged rental fees as listed above. 4.

The use of the school premises will be denied when, in the opinion of the Superintendent or the Board, such use may be construed to be solely for commercial purposes, there is a probability of damage or injury to school property, or the activity is deemed to be improper to hold in school buildings.

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In case of loss or damage to school property, the organization and/or individual signing the request shall be fully responsible and liable.

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The District reserves the right to require a certificate of insurance from the renting agency.

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No furniture or apparatus shall be moved or displaced without permission.

8.

No access to other rooms in the building shall be permitted unless designated by agreement.

9.

There shall be no narcotics, drugs (including tobacco or nicotine products), stimulants, or alcohol used or sold in or about school buildings and premises, nor shall profane language, quarreling, fighting, or illegal gambling be permitted. Violations of this rule by any organization during occupancy shall be sufficient cause for denying further use of school premises to the organization.

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Wax, or other preparations ordinarily used on dance floors, is not to be used on gymnasium floors.

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The Superintendent may require a school employee to be present during use of the building by the non-school organization. In such case, the requesting organization will

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When the school official finds it necessary that police or other security personnel be retained for crowd control, such requirement may be added as a condition of the Facilities Use Agreement.

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General Community Use of Gym/Weight Room/Equipment The following guidelines will be strictly adhered to for community members accessing school property for use of the gymnasium, weight room, and other facilities: a. Absolutely no students are allowed in the facility during periods designated for general community use. b. All community members accessing the facility during periods for general community use will have completed the forms and training required by the school district which may include but are not limited to: i. Signed Assumption of Risk Form on file in the office ii. Proof of medical insurance. The School District DOES NOT provide medical insurance for any individuals who choose to access and use the facilities. c. Unacceptable behavior including but not limited to: undisciplined behavior, harassment, discrimination, misuse of equipment, or other violations of district policy will result in termination of access. d. Always make sure the facility is left as it was found and locked upon completion of use.

Policy History Adopted on: 10/20/12 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 10/19/21

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Use of School Property for Posting Notices Non-school-related organizations or individuals that are not associated with student curricular clubs or student non-curricular groups may request permission of the building principal to display posters in the area reserved for community posters or to have flyers distributed to students. The building principal shall only authorize distribution or posting of information that is determined to have a direct benefit or relationship to students enrolled in the school and meets the standards of this policy. Posters and/or flyers must be student oriented and have the sponsoring organization’s name prominently displayed. The District will not permit the posting or distribution of any material that would: A.

Disrupt the educational process;

B.

Violate the rights of others;

C.

Invade the privacy of others;

D.

Infringe on a copyright;

E.

Violate District policy, procedure, or administrative directive;

F.

Be obscene, vulgar, or indecent; or

F.

Promote violence, discriminatory conduct, the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or certain products that create community concerns.

No commercial publication shall be posted or distributed unless the purpose is to further a school activity, such as graduation, class pictures, or class rings. If permission is granted to distribute materials, the organization must arrange to have copies delivered to the school. Distribution of the materials will be arranged by administration. Under no circumstances shall individuals not employed by the District be given access to the building for the purposes of posting notices or distributing information. All student materials must be reviewed and approved by the Superintendent or designee in accordance with Policy 3222. Cross References:

Policy 3222 – Distribution and Posting of Student Materials

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: January 13, 2009, September 10, 2012 Revised on: April 20, 2010, May 11, 2010, September 10, 2012, July 21, 2021

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Conduct on School Property General Conduct In addition to prohibitions stated in other District policies, a person on school property who is not an enrolled student or District employee shall not: 1.

Injure or threaten to injure another person;

2.

Damage another’s property or that of the District;

3.

Violate any provision of the criminal law of the state of Montana or town or county ordinance;

4.

Smoke or otherwise use tobacco or nicotine products, and alternative nicotine and vapor products as defined in 16-11-302, MCA, or other similar products;

5.

Consume, possess, or distribute alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or marijuana;

6.

Impede, delay, or otherwise interfere with the orderly conduct of the District’s educational program or any other activity occurring on school property;

7.

Possess a non-firearm weapon as defined in this policy;

8.

Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those which are lawful and authorized by the Board; or

9.

Willfully violate other District rules and regulations.

For the purposes of this policy, “school property” means within school buildings, in vehicles used for school purposes, or on owned or leased school land or grounds. District administrators are authorized to appropriate action, as circumstances warrant, to enforce this section of the policy including but not limited to requesting the assistance of law enforcement in accordance with Montana law. Firearms and Weapons A person who is not an enrolled student or District employee shall not possess any firearm or other nonfirearm weapon in a school building at any time. For the purposes of this policy, the term “firearm” means (A) any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 921 (4). Such term does not include an antique firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 921 (16). For purposes of this policy, “non-firearm weapon” means any object, device, or instrument designed as a weapon or through its use is capable of intimidating, threatening or producing bodily harm or which may be used to inflict injury, including but not limited to air guns; pellet guns; BB guns; fake or facsimile

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4332 Page 2 of 2 weapons; all knives; blades; clubs; metal knuckles; nunchucks; throwing stars; explosives; fireworks; mace or other propellants; stun guns; ammunition; poisons; chains; arrows; and objects that have been modified to serve as a weapon. District administrators are authorized to appropriate action, as circumstances warrant, to enforce this section of the policy including but not limited to requesting the assistance of law enforcement in accordance with Montana law. This section does not apply to a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or an individual previously authorized by the Board of Trustees to possess a firearm or weapon in a school building. The Board of Trustees shall annually review this policy and update this policy as determined necessary by the trustees based on changing circumstances pertaining to school safety. For the purposes of this policy, “School building” means a combination of any materials, whether mobile, portable, or fixed, to form a structure and the related facilities for the use or occupancy by persons or property owned or leased by a local school district that are used for instruction or for student activities as specified in Section 50-60-101(2), MCA and Section 45-8-361, MCA. The term is construed as though followed by the words "or part or parts of a building" and is considered to include all stadiums, bleachers, and other similar outdoor facilities, whether temporary or permanently fixed. Legal Reference:

Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. § 6081 Smoke Free School Act of 1994 16-11-302, MCA Definitions § 20-1-220, MCA Use of tobacco product in public school building or on public school property prohibited § 20-1-206, MCA Disturbance of School § 20-5-410, MCA Civil penalty § 45-6-201, MCA Definition of enter or remain unlawfully § 45-8-101, MCA Disorderly conduct § 45-8-102, MCA Failure of disorderly persons to disperse § 45-8-351, MCA Restriction on Local Government Regulation of Firearms § 45-8-361, MCA Possession or allowing possession of weapon in school building -- exceptions -- penalties -- seizure and forfeiture or return authorized -- definitions. Article X, section 8 Montana Constitution Initiative 190 – “Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.” January 1, 2021

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: March 17, 2009, March 10, 2014, 8/8/15, 11/19/19, 7/21/21

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Public Access to District Records Within limits of an individual’s right of privacy, the public will be afforded full access to information concerning administration and operations of the District. Public access to District records shall be afforded according to appropriate administrative procedures. “District records” include any writing, printing, photostating, photographing, etc. (including electronic mail), which has been made or received by the District in connection with the transaction of official business and presented for informative value or as evidence of a transaction, and all other records required by law to be filed with the District. “District records” do not include personal notes and memoranda of staff which remain in the sole possession of the maker and which are not generally accessible or revealed to other persons. The Superintendent will serve as the public records coordinator, with responsibility and authority for ensuring compliance with the display, indexing, availability, inspection, and copying requirements of state law and this policy. As coordinator, the Superintendent will authorize the inspection and copying of District records only in accordance with the criteria set forth in this policy. In accordance with Title 2, Chapter 6, MCA, the District will make available for public inspection and copying all District records or portions of records, except those containing the following information: 1.

Personal information in any file maintained for students. Information in student records will be disclosed only in accordance with requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and adopted District policy.

2.

Personal information in files maintained for staff, to the extent that disclosure will violate their right to privacy.

3.

Test questions, scoring keys, or other examination data used to administer academic tests.

4.

The contents of real estate appraisals made for or by the District relative to the acquisition of property, until the project is abandoned or until such time as all of the property has been acquired, but in no event will disclosure be denied for more than three (3) years after appraisal.

5.

Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, and intra-District memoranda in which opinions are expressed or policies formulated or recommended, except a specific record shall not be exempt when publicly cited by the District in connection with any District action.


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Records relevant to a controversy to which the District is a party, but which would not be available to another party under the rules of pretrial discovery, for cases pending resolution.

7.

Records or portions of records, the disclosure of which would violate personal rights of privacy.

8.

Records or portions of records, the disclosure of which would violate governmental interests.

9.

Records or information relating to individual or public safety or the security of public schools if release of the information jeopardizes the safety of facility personnel, the public, students in a public school.

If the District denies any request, in whole or in part, for inspection and copying of records, the District will provide the requesting party with reasons for denial. If the record requested for inspection and/or copying contains both information exempted from disclosure and non-exempt information, the District shall, to the extent practicable, produce the record with the exempt portion deleted and shall provide written explanation for the deletion. The District will not provide access to lists of individuals, which the requesting party intends to use for commercial purposes or which the District reasonably believes will be used for commercial purposes if such access is provided. However, the District may provide mailing lists of graduating students to representatives of the U.S. armed forces and the National Guard for purpose of recruitment. The coordinator is authorized to seek an injunction to prevent disclosure of records otherwise suitable for disclosure, when it is determined reasonable cause exists to believe disclosure would not be in the public interest and would substantially or irreparably damage any person or would substantially or irreparably damage vital governmental functions.

Legal Reference:

Title 20, Ch. 6, MCA School districts § 2-6-109, MCA Prohibition on distribution or sale of mailing lists – exceptions – penalty

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: October 11, 2001 Revised on: August 20, 2019


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Page 1 of 2 Website Accessibility and Nondiscrimination The District is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have an opportunity equal to that of their nondisabled peers to participate in the District’s programs, benefits, and services, including those delivered through electronic and information technology, except where doing so would impose an undue burden or create a fundamental alteration. Benchmarks for Measuring Accessibility In order to assure that people with disabilities have an opportunity equal to that of their nondisabled peers to access information delivered through electronic and information technology, all pages on the District’s website will conform to the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 techniques for web content, or updated equivalents of these guidelines, except where doing so would impose an undue burden or create a fundamental alteration. Website Accessibility With regard to the District’s website and any official District web presence which is developed by, maintained by or offered through third party vendors and open sources, the District is committed to compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 and Title II so that students, parents and members of the public with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same benefits and services within the same timeframe as those without disabilities, which substantially equivalent ease of use; and that they are not excluded from participation in, denied benefits or, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in any District programs, services, and activities delivered online. All existing web content produced by the District, and new, updated, and existing web content provided by third party developers, will conform to the WCAG 1.0 Level AA and the WAI-ARIA 1 .0 techniques for web content or updated equivalents. This policy applies to all new, updated, and existing web pages, as well as all web content produced or updated by the District or provided by third-party developers. Website Accessibility Concerns, Complaints, and Grievances The following statement will appear on the District’s website homepage and all subsidiary pages: The District is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website for students, parents, and members of the community with disabilities. All pages on the District's website will conform to the W3C WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA conformance, or updated equivalents.


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4350 Page 2 of 2 Under District developed administrative procedures, students, parents, and members of the public may present a complaint regarding a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 related to the accessibility of any official District web presence which is developed by, maintained by, or offered through the District or third party vendors and open sources. A student, parent, or member of the public who wishes to submit a complaint or grievance regarding a violation of the ADA, Section 504 or Title II related to the accessibility of any official District web presence that is developed by, maintained by, or offered through the District, third party vendors and/or open sources may complain directly to a school administrator. The initial complaint or grievance should be made using the District’s Uniform Grievance Form, upon request at the District office, however, a verbal complaint or grievance may be made. When a school administrator receives the information, they shall immediately inform the District’s IT Department. The Complainant need not wait for the investigation of any grievance or complaint in order to receive the information requested. Whether or not a formal complaint or grievance is made, once the District has been notified of inaccessible content, effective communication shall be provided as soon as possible to the reporting party to provide access to the information. Testing and Accountability The District will ensure website accessibility training to all appropriate personnel, including employees who are responsible for developing, loading, maintaining, or auditing web content functionality. The Administration will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating new material that is published by IT Department and uploaded to the website for accessibility on a periodic basis. The Administration will be responsible for reviewing all areas of the District’s website and evaluating its accessibility on a periodic basis, and at least once per quarter. Any non-conforming webpages will be corrected in a timely manner. This policy shall be available to the public via a link entitled “Accessibility,” which shall be located on the District’s homepage. Cross Reference: Legal Reference:

Policy 1700

Uniform Grievance Procedure

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act


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Relations With Law Enforcement and Child Protective Agencies The staff is primarily responsible for maintaining proper order and conduct in the schools. Staff shall be responsible for holding students accountable for infractions of school rules, which may include minor violations of the law occurring during school hours or at school activities. When there is substantial threat to the health and safety of students or others, such as in the case of bomb threats, mass demonstrations with threat of violence, individual threats of substantial bodily harm, trafficking in prohibited drugs, or the scheduling of events where large crowds may be difficult to handle, the law enforcement agency shall be called upon for assistance. Information regarding major violations of the law shall be communicated to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The District will strive to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with the law enforcement agencies. Procedures for cooperation between law enforcement, child protective, and school authorities will be established. Such procedures will be made available to affected staff and will be periodically revised. County or Regional Interdisciplinary Child Information and School Safety Team The District will participate in the Cascade County interdisciplinary child information and school safety team established by Section 52-2-211, MCA. This team consists of county-level representatives of the youth court, the county attorney, the department of public health and human services, the county superintendent of schools, the sheriff, the chief of any police force, the superintendents of public school districts in the County, and the department of corrections. The purpose of the team is “to facilitate the exchange and sharing of information that one or more team members may be able to use in serving a child in the course of their professions and occupations, including but not limited to abused or neglected children, delinquent youth, and youth in need of intervention, and of information relating to issues of school safety.” The Superintendent is authorized to participate in the formation of and request information from the interdisciplinary child information and school safety team regarding students in the School District. The Superintendent shall utilize this authority on a regular basis to ensure the safety and security of the District. Cross Reference:

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Disruption of School Operations

Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-206, MCA Disturbance of school – penalty § 52-2-211, MCA County Interdisciplinary Child Information and School Safety Team

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: Reviewed on: January 13, 2009 Revised on: August 20, 2019 Revised on: November 19, 2019


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Interrogation and Investigations Conducted by School Officials The administration has the authority and duty to conduct investigations and to question students pertaining to infractions of school rules, whether or not the alleged conduct is a violation of criminal law. The administration shall determine when the necessity exists that law enforcement officers be asked to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal behavior which jeopardizes the safety of other people or school property or which interferes with the operation of the schools. In instances when the administration has reasonable suspicion that a violation of district policy or the student code of conduct has been violated, the administrator will investigate. The administrator will notify the suspected rule violator(s) or potential witness(es) to the infraction. The suspected student shall be advised orally or in writing of the nature of the alleged offense and of the evidence against the student. Circumstances may arise where it would be advisable to have another adult present during questioning of students. Investigations by Law Enforcement When a student becomes involved with law enforcement officers due to events outside of the school environment and officers must interact with a student, the officer(s) is requested to confer with the student when he/she is being investigated for conduct not under the jurisdiction of the school. The following steps shall be taken to cooperate with the authorities. a. The officer shall contact the school principal and present proper identification in all occasions upon his/her arrival on school premises. b. Parents or guardians shall be notified by the law enforcement officer, school principal or assistant principal as soon as possible. The law enforcement officer, principal or assistant c. The student’s parent or guardian should be present, if practicable, during any interrogation on school premises. Cooperation with Law Enforcement Although cooperation with law enforcement officers will be maintained, it is the preference of the District that it will not normally be necessary for law enforcement officers to initiate, and conduct any investigation and interrogation on the school premises, during school hours, pertaining to criminal activities unrelated to the operation of the school. It is preferred that only in demonstrated emergencies, when law enforcement officers find it necessary, will they conduct


4411 Page 2 of 3 such an investigation during school hours. These circumstances might be limited to those in which delay might result in danger to any person, flight of a person reasonably suspected of a crime from the jurisdiction or local authorities, destruction of evidence, or continued criminal behavior. No school official, however, should ever place him/herself in the position of interfering with a law enforcement official in the performance of his or her duties as an officer of the law. If the law enforcement officials are not recognized and/or are lacking a warrant or court order, the building principal shall require proper identification of such officials and the reason(s) for the visit to the school. If the principal is not satisfied, he/she shall attempt to notify the Superintendent and the officer’s superior, documenting such action. In all cases, the officers shall be requested to obtain prior approval of the principal or other designated person before beginning such an investigation on school premises. The administrator shall document the circumstances of such investigations as soon as practical. Alleged behavior related to the school environment brought to the Principal’s attention by law enforcement officers shall be dealt with under the provisions of the two previous sections. Taking a Student into Custody School officials shall not release students to law enforcement authorities voluntarily unless the student has been placed under arrest or unless the parent or guardians and the student agree to the release. When students are removed from school for any reason by law enforcement authorities, every reasonable effort will be made to notify the student’s parents or guardians immediately. Such effort shall be documented. Whenever an attempt to remove a student from school occurs without an arrest warrant, court order, or without acquiescence of the parent or guardian, or the student, the administrator shall immediately notify a superior of the law enforcement officers involved to make objection to the removal of the student and shall attempt to notify the parent or guardian of the student. The Superintendent’s office shall be notified immediately of any removal of a student from school by law enforcement officers under any circumstances. When it is necessary to take a student into custody on school premises and time permits, the law enforcement officer shall be requested to notify the principal and relate the circumstances necessitating such action. When possible, the principal shall have the student summoned to the principal’s office where the student may be taken into custody. In all situations of interrogations, arrest or service of subpoenas of a student by law enforcement officers on school premises, all practicable steps shall be taken to ensure a minimum of embarrassment or invasion of privacy of the student and disruption to the school environment.


4411 Page 3 of 3 Disturbance of School Environment Law enforcement officers may be requested to assist in controlling disturbances of the school environment which the Principal or other school administrator has found to be unmanageable by school personnel and which disturbances have the potential of causing harm to students, other persons, or school property. Staff members may also notify law enforcement officials. Such potential of possible disturbance includes members of the public who have exhibited undesirable or illegal conduct on school premises or at a school event held on school property, and who have been requested to leave by an administrator or staff member, but have failed or refused to do so. Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-206, MCA § 20-5-201, MCA § 45-8-101, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: Revised on: October 25, 2016

Disturbance of school - penalty Duties and sanctions Disorderly conduct


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Cooperative Programs With Other Districts and Public Agencies Whenever it appears to the economic, administrative, and/or educational advantage of the District to participate in cooperative programs with other units of local government, the Superintendent will prepare and present for Board consideration an analysis of each cooperative proposal. When formal cooperative agreements are developed, such agreements shall comply with requirements of the Interlocal Cooperation Act, with assurances that all parties to the agreement have legal authority to engage in the activities contemplated by the agreement. The District may enter into interlocal agreements with a unit of the Montana University System, public community college, and/or tribal college, which would allow students enrolled in the 11th and 12th grades to attend and earn credit for classes not available in the District. Tuition and fees, if assessed, will be provided for in the interlocal agreement. The District may enter into an interlocal agreement providing for the sharing of teachers, specialists, superintendents, or other professional persons licensed under Title 37, MCA. If the District shares a teacher or specialist with another district(s), the District’s share of such teacher’s or specialist’s compensation will be based on the total number of instructional hours expended by the teacher or the specialist in the District.

Legal Reference:

§§ 7-11-101, et seq., MCA §§ 20-7-451 through 456, MCA §§ 20-7-801, et seq., MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Revised on: October 11, 2001

Interlocal Cooperation Act Authorization to create full service education cooperatives Public recreation


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Registered Sex Offenders The State of Montana has determined that perpetrators of certain sex crimes pose a continuing threat to society as a whole even after completion of their criminal sentences. Recognizing that the safety and welfare of students is of paramount importance, the Cascade School District declares that, except in limited circumstances, Cascade School District should be off limits to registered sex offenders. Employment Notwithstanding any other Board policy, individuals listed by the State of Montana as registered sex offenders are ineligible for employment in any position within the Cascade School District. However, the Superintendent shall have discretion consistent with other Board policies to recommend an individual whose name has been expunged from the Sex Offender Registry. School Off Limits The District hereby declares that no registered sex offender whose victim was a minor may come on, about, or within 1,000 feet of any District owned buildings or property except as otherwise provided in this policy. If an administrator becomes aware that such a sex offender is on, about, or within 1,000 feet of school property, the administrator shall direct the sex offender to leave the area immediately. The School Board authorizes the administrator to request the assistance of the appropriate law enforcement authorities to secure the removal of any registered sex offender from the area. If a registered sex offender disregards the terms of this policy or the directives of the school administrator, then the Superintendent is authorized to confer with counsel and to pursue such criminal or civil action as may be necessary to enforce compliance with this policy. This policy shall not be construed to impose any duty upon any administrator or any other employee of the District to review the Sex Offender Registry or to screen individuals coming on, or within 1,000 feet of school property to ascertain whether they are on the Registry. This policy shall only apply when administrators are actually aware that the person is question is on the Sex Offender Registry and that the offender’s victim was a minor. The provisions of this policy prohibiting a registered sex offender from coming on, about, or within 1,000 feet of school property shall not apply in the event that a sex offender’s name should be expunged from the Registry. Rights of Parents on the Sex Offender Registry In the event that a registered sex offender whose victim was a minor has child attending the District, the administrator of the school where the child attends shall be authorized to modify this


4550 Page 2 of 2 policy’s restrictions to permit the parent to drop off and pick up the child from school and to come onto campus to attend parent-teacher conferences. However, the parent may not linger on or about school property before or after dropping of his or her child, and the parent is prohibited from being in any part of the school building except the main office. This policy does not impose a duty upon the administrator of any school or any other employee of the District to review the Sex Offender Registry and the school system’s directory information to ascertain whether a registered sex offender may have a child attending school in the District. The provisions of this policy shall apply only if an administrator actually becomes aware that a parent of a student at the school is a registered sex offender. To facilitate voluntary compliance with this policy, administrators are encouraged to speak with any affected parents upon learning of their status as registered sex offenders to communicate the restrictions of this policy. At all times, the administrator shall endeavor to protect the privacy of the offender’s child. In the event of a truly exceptional situation such as graduation, a parent on the Sex Offender Registry may ask the Superintendent for a waiver of this policy to permit the parent to attend these special events. It is the intent of the Board, however, that these special circumstances be truly unusual and infrequent occurrences.

Legal Reference:

§ 46-23-501, MCA Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act www.doj.mt.gov/svor/ Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: May 15, 2007 Revised on: March 17, 2009


CASCADE SCHOOL DISTRICT R = required 5000 SERIES PERSONNEL TABLE OF CONTENTS R 5002 R 5010

Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities Equal Employment Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Sex Equity R 5012 Sexual Harassment of Employees 5012F Harassment Reporting Form for Employees 5012P Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure 5015 Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation 5120 - 5120F -5120P Hiring Process and Criteria 5121 Applicability of Personnel Policies 5122 Fingerprints and Criminal Background Investigations 5122F Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint 5125 Whistle Blowing and Retaliation 5130 Staff Health 5140 Classified Employment and Assignment 5210 Assignments, Reassignments, Transfers 5213 Vacancies 5220 Prohibition on Aiding Sexual Abuse 5221 Work Day R 5222 Evaluation of Non-Administrative Staff 5223 Personal Conduct 5224 Political Activity 5226 Drug-Free Workplace R 5228-5228F1-5228F2-5228P Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers 5230 Prevention of Disease Transmission 5231 - 5231P Personnel Records 5232 Abused and Neglected Child Reporting 5250 Non-Renewal of Employment/Dismissal from Employment 5251 Resignations 5254 Payment of Employer Contributions and Interest on Previous Service 5254F Employer Payment Form 5255 Disciplinary Action 5256 Reduction in Force 5314 Substitutes 5321 Leaves of Absence 5321P Conditions for Use of Leave 5322 Military Leave


R 5325 R 5328 - 5328P 5329 - 5329P 5330 5331 5333 5334 - 5334P R 5336 5337 5338 5420 5420F 5430 5430F 5440 5450 5460 5500 R 5510 5510F 5630

Breastfeeding Workplace Family Medical Leave Long-Term Illness/Temporary Disability Leave Maternity Leave Insurance Benefits for Employees Holidays Vacations Compensatory Time and Overtime for Classified Employees Workers’ Compensation Benefits Absence Due to Illness or Injury Paraprofessionals ESSA Qualifications Notification Request Form Volunteers Chaperone Letter of Understanding Student Teachers/Interns Employee Electronic Mail and On-Line Services Usage Electronic Resources and Social Networking Payment of Wages upon Termination HIPAA HIPAA Release of Information Form Employee Use of Cellular Phones and Other electronic Devices


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Accommodating Individuals With Disabilities and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 It is the intent of the District to ensure that qualified employees with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate accommodations or other positive actions in assistance. The District will not discriminate against a qualified individual on the basis of disability in regard to job application procedures, the hiring, advancement, or discharge of employees, employee compensation, job training, or other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The Superintendent is designated the Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Coordinator and, in that capacity, is directed to: 1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6.

Oversee District compliance efforts, recommend to the Board necessary modifications, and maintain the District’s final Title II self-evaluation document and keep it available for public inspection. Make information regarding Title II protection available to any interested party. Coordinating and monitoring the district’s compliance with Section 504 and Title II of the ADA, as well as state civil rights requirements regarding discrimination and harassment based on disability. Overseeing prevention efforts to avoid Section 504 and ADA violations by necessary actions, including by not limited to, scheduling Section 504 meetings, implementing and monitoring Section 504 plans of accommodation and providing information to employees and supervisors. Implementing the district’s discrimination complaint procedures with respect to allegations of Section 504/ADA violations, discrimination based on disability, and disability harassment; and Investigating complaints alleging violations of Section 504/ADA, discrimination based on disability, and disability harassment.

The District’s procedure for resolution of complaints alleging violation of this policy is set forth in Policy 1700. Cross Reference:

1700

Uniform Complaint Procedure

Legal Reference :

Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111, et seq., and 12131, et seq.; 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: February 9, 2009 Revised on: November 20, 2018


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Equal Employment Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Sex Equity The District will provide equal employment opportunities to all persons, regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, ancestry, marital status, military status, citizenship status, use of lawful products while not at work physical or mental disability. The District will make reasonable accommodation for an individual with a disability known to the District, if the individual is otherwise qualified for the position, unless the accommodation would impose undue hardship on the District. Inquiries regarding sexual harassment, sex discrimination, or sexual intimidation should be directed to the District Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both. The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s Title IX Coordinator: Nichole Pieper, JH/HS Principal 321 Central Ave W, PO Box 529, Cascade, MT 59421 nichole.pieper@cascade.k12.mt.us (406) 468-9383 x 106 Inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of disability or requests for accommodation should be directed to the District Section 504 Coordinator. The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s Section 504 Coordinator: Nichole Pieper, JH/HS Principal 321 Central Ave W, PO Box 529, Cascade, MT 59421 nichole.pieper@cascade.k12.mt.us (406) 468-9383 x 106 Any individual may file a complaint alleging violation of this policy, Policy 5012/512P – Sexual Harrassment, or Policy 5015-Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation/Hazing by following those policies or Policy 1700-Uniform Complaint Procedure. The District, in compliance with federal regulations, will notify annually all students, parents, staff, and community members of this policy and the designated coordinator to receive inquiries. This annual notification will include the name and location of the coordinator and will be included in all handbooks. The District will not tolerate hostile or abusive treatment, derogatory remarks, or acts of violence against students, staff, or volunteers with disabilities. The District will consider such behavior as constituting discrimination on the basis of disability, in violation of state and federal law. All complaints about behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. © MTSBA 2021


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5010 Page 2 of 2 Retaliation against an employee who has filed a discrimination complaint, testified, or participated in any manner in a discrimination investigation or proceeding is prohibited. Legal Reference:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 621, et seq. Americans with Disabilities Act, Title I, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111, et seq. Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d) Immigration Reform and Control Act, 8 U.S.C. §§ 1324(a), et seq. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §§ 791, et seq. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000(e), et seq.; 29 C.F.R., Part 1601 Title IX of the Education Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681, et seq.; 34 C.F.R., Part 106 Montana Constitution, Art. X, § 1 - Educational goals and duties § 49-2-101, et seq, MCA Human Rights Act § 49-2-303, MCA Discrimination in Employment § 49-3-102, MCA What local governmental units affected §49-3-201, MCA Employment of state and local government personnel.

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: February 9, 2009, July 25, 2017 Revised on: November 20, 2018, September 15, 2020

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Sexual Harassment of Employees The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that it operates. The District is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the regulations promulgated through the U.S. Department of Education not to discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX to the District may be referred to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both. The Board designates the following individual to serve as the District’s Title IX Coordinator: Nichole Pieper, JH/HS Principal 321 Central Ave W, PO Box 529, Cascade, MT 59421 nichole.pieper@cascade.k12.mt.us (406) 468-9383 x 106 Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, at any time, including during non-business hours. Such a report may be made using the attached form, in person, by mail, by telephone or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. For purposes of this policy and the grievance process, “sexual harassment” means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: 1.

A District employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the District on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;

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Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the District’s education program or activity; or

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“Sexual assault” as defined in 20 USC 1092(f)(6)(A)(v), “dating violence” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(10), “domestic violence” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(8) or “stalking” as defined in 34 USC 12291(a)(30).

When the harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex does not meet the definition of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator shall direct the individual to the applicable sex discrimination process for investigation. An individual is not required to submit a report of sexual harassment involving the Title IX coordinator. In the event the Title IX Coordinator is responsible for or a witness to the alleged

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5012 Page 2 of 3 harassment, the individual may report the allegations to the building principal or superintendent or other unbiased school official. Retaliation Prohibited The District prohibits intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or this policy, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation proceeding or hearing, if applicable. Intimidation, threats, coercion, or discrimination, including charges against an individual for code of conduct violations that do not involve sex discrimination or sexual harassment, but arise out of the same facts or circumstances as a report or complaint of sex discrimination, or a report or formal complaint of sexual harassment, for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or this part, constitutes retaliation. Confidentiality The District must keep confidential the identity of any individual who has made a report or complaint of sex discrimination, including any individual who has made a report or filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment, any individual who has been alleged to be the victim or perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, and any witness, except as may be permitted by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or as required by law, or to carry out the purposes of the Title IX regulations, including the conduct of any investigation, hearing or judicial proceeding arising thereunder. Notice Requirements The District provides notice to applicants for admission and employment, students, parents or legal guardians of elementary and secondary school students, employees and the union(s) with the name or title, office address, email address and telephone number of the Title IX Coordinator and notice of the District grievance procedures and process, including how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to file a formal complaint of sexual harassment and how the District will respond. The District also posts the Title IX Coordinator’s contact information and Title IX policies and procedures in a prominent location on the District website and in all handbooks made available by the District. Training Requirements The District ensures that Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process, receives training on the definition of sexual harassment, the scope of the District’s education program or activity, how to conduct an investigation and grievance process including hearings, appeals and informal resolution processes, when applicable, and how to serve impartially including by avoiding prejudgment of © MTSBA 2021


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5012 Page 3 of 3 the facts at issue, conflicts of interest and bias. The District also ensures that decision-makers and investigators receive training on issues of relevance of questions and evidence, including when questions and evidence about the complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant as set forth in the formal procedures that follow, and training on any technology to be used at a live hearing, if applicable. Investigators also receive training on issues of relevance to create an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence. All materials used to train individuals who receive training under this section must not rely on sex stereotypes and must promote impartial investigations and adjudications of formal complaints of sexual harassment and are made publicly available on the District’s website. Conflict of Interest and Bias The District ensures that Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against complainants or respondents generally or an individual complainant or respondent. Determination of Responsibility The individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment is presumed not responsible for alleged conduct. A determination regarding responsibility will be made by the decision-maker at the conclusion of the investigation in accordance with the process outlined in Policy 5012P. No disciplinary sanctions will be imposed unless and until a final determination of responsibility is reached. Cross Reference:

Policy 5010 - Equal Employment and Non-Discrimination Policy 5012P – Sexual Harassment Procedures

Legal References:

Art. X, Sec. 1, Montana Constitution – Educational goals and duties §§ 49-3-101, et seq., MCA Montana Human Rights Act Civil Rights Act, Title VI; 42 USC 2000d et seq. Civil Rights Act, Title VII; 42 USC 2000e et seq. Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX; 20 USC 1681 et seq. 34 CFR Part 106 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance 10.55.701(1)(f), ARM Board of Trustees 10.55.719, ARM Student Protection Procedures 10.55.801(1)(a), ARM School Climate

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Sexual Harassment Reporting/Intake Form for Employees This form is not required. Complaints may be submitted in any manner noted in Policy 5012. The form may be used by the Title IX Coordinator to document allegations.

School ______________________________________________ Date ___________________ Employee’s name _______________________________________________________________ • Who was responsible for the harassment or incident(s)? ______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Describe the incident(s). ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Date(s), time(s), and place(s) the incident(s) occurred. _______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Were other individuals involved in the incident(s)? c yes c no If so, name the individual(s) and explain their roles. ____________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Did anyone witness the incident(s)? c yes c no If so, name the witnesses. ________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Did you take any action in response to the incident? c yes c no If yes, what action did you take? ___________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ • Were there any prior incidents? c yes c no If so, describe any prior incidents. __________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Signature of complainant _________________________________________________________ Retaliation is prohibited by federal law and district policy. The identity of the individual signing this form will remain confidential in accordance with law and policy. © MTSBA 2021


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Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedure - Employees The Board requires the following grievance process to be followed for the prompt and equitable resolution of employee complaints alleging any action that would be prohibited as sexual harassment by Title IX. The Board directs the process to be published in accordance with all statutory and regulatory requirements. Definitions The following definitions apply for Title IX policies and procedures: “Actual knowledge:” notice of sexual harassment or allegations of sexual harassment to the District’s Title IX Coordinator or any official of the District who has authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of the District, or to any employee of an elementary or secondary school. “Education program or activity:” includes locations, events or circumstances over which the District exercised substantial control over both the individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment, and the context in which the sexual harassment occurs. “Complainant:” an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment. “Respondent:” an individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment. “Formal complaint:” a document filed by a Complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging sexual harassment against a Respondent and requesting that the District investigate the allegation of sexual harassment. “Supportive measures:” non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available and without fee or charge to the Complainant or Respondent before or after the filing of a formal complaint or where no formal complaint has been filed. District Requirements When the District has actual knowledge of sexual harassment in an education program or activity of the District, the District will respond promptly in a manner that is not deliberately indifferent. When the harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex does not meet the definition of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will direct the individual to the applicable sex © MTSBA 2020


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5012P Page 2 of 9 discrimination process bullying and harassment policy, or public complaint procedure for investigation. The District treats individuals who are alleged to be the victim (Complainant) and perpetrator (Respondent) of conduct that could constitute sexual harassment equitably by offering supportive measures. Supportive measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity without unreasonably burdening the other party, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the District’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment. Supportive measures may include counseling, extensions of deadlines or other course-related adjustments, modifications of work or class schedules, mutual restrictions on contact between the parties, leaves of absence, increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the District’s property, campus escort services, changes in work locations and other similar measures. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the effective implementation of supportive measures. Upon the receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Coordinator must promptly contact the Complainant to discuss the availability of supportive measures, consider the Complainant’s wishes with respect to supportive measures, inform the Complainant of the availability of supportive measures with or without the filing of a formal complaint, and explain to the Complainant the process for filing a formal complaint. If the District does not provide the Complainant with supportive measures, then the District must document the reasons why such a response was not clearly unreasonable in light of the known circumstances. Timelines The District has established reasonably prompt time frames for the conclusion of the grievance process, including time frames for filing and resolving appeals and informal resolution processes. The grievance process may be temporarily delayed or extended for good cause. Good cause may include considerations such as the absence of a party, a party’s advisor, or a witness; concurrent law enforcement activity; or the need for language assistance or accommodation of disabilities. In the event the grievance process is temporarily delayed for good cause, the District will provide written notice to the Complainant and the Respondent of the delay or extension and the reasons for the action. Response to a Formal Complaint At the time of filing a formal complaint, a Complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the District with which the formal complaint is filed. A formal complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, by electronic mail, or other means designated by the District. The District must follow the formal complaint process before the imposition of any disciplinary sanctions or other actions that are not supportive measures. However, nothing in this policy © MTSBA 2020


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5012P Page 3 of 9 precludes the District from placing a non-student employee Respondent on administrative leave during the pendency of the grievance process. The District may also remove a student Respondent alleged to have harassed an employee Complainant from the education setting. The student may receive instruction in an offsite capacity during the period of removal. This provision may not be construed to modify any rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Upon receipt of a formal complaint, the District must provide written notice to the known parties including: 1.

Notice of the allegations of sexual harassment, including information about the identities of the parties involved in the incident, the conduct allegedly constituting sexual harassment, the date and location of the alleged incident, and any sufficient details known at the time. Such notice must be provided with sufficient time to prepare a response before any initial interview;

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An explanation of the District’s investigation procedures, including any informal resolution process;

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A statement that the Respondent is presumed not responsible for the alleged conduct and that a determination regarding responsibility will be made by the decision-maker at the conclusion of the investigation;

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Notice to the parties that they may have an advisor of their choice who may be, but is not required to be, an attorney, and may inspect and review any evidence; and

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Notice to the parties of any provision in the District’s code of conduct or policy that prohibits knowingly making false statements or knowingly submitting false information.

If, in the course of an investigation, the District decides to investigate allegations about the Complainant or Respondent that are not included in the notice initially provided, notice of the additional allegations must be provided to known parties. The District may consolidate formal complaints as to allegations of sexual harassment against more than one Respondent, or by more than one Complainant against one or more Respondents, or by one party against the other party, where the allegations of sexual harassment arise out of the same facts or circumstances. Investigation of a Formal Complaint When investigating a formal complaint and throughout the grievance process, the District must: © MTSBA 2020


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Ensure that the burden of proof and the burden of gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination regarding responsibility rests on the District and not the parties’;

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Provide an equal opportunity for the parties to present witnesses and evidence;

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Not restrict either party’s ability to discuss the allegations under investigation or to gather and present relevant evidence;

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Allow the parties to be accompanied with an advisor of the party’s choice who may be, but is not required to be, an attorney. The District may establish restrictions regarding the extent to which the advisor may participate in the proceedings, as long as the restrictions apply equally to both parties;

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Provide written notice of the date, time, location, participants, and purpose of any interview or meeting at which a party is expected to participate, with sufficient time for the party to prepare to participate;

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Provide the parties equal access to review all the evidence collected which is directly related to the allegations raised in a formal complaint and comply with the review periods outlined in this process;

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Objectively evaluate all relevant evidence without relying on sex stereotypes;

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Ensure that Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers and individuals who facilitate an informal resolution process, do not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent;

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Not make creditability determinations based on the individual’s status as Complainant, Respondent or witness;

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Not use questions or evidence that constitute or seek disclosure of privileged information unless waived.

Dismissal of Formal Complaints If the conduct alleged in the formal complaint would not constitute sexual harassment even if proved, did not occur in the District’s education program or activity, or did not occur against a person in the United States, then the District must dismiss the formal complaint with regard to that conduct for purposes of sexual harassment under this policy. The Title IX Coordinator also may dismiss the formal complaint or any allegations therein at any time during the investigation or hearing, if applicable, when any of the following apply: © MTSBA 2020


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a Complainant provides written notification to the Title IX Coordinator that the Complainant would like to withdraw the formal complaint or any allegations therein;

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the Respondent is no longer enrolled or employed by the District; or

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specific circumstances prevent the District from gathering evidence sufficient to reach a determination as to the formal complaint or allegations therein.

Upon dismissal, the Title IX Coordinator promptly sends written notice of the dismissal and the reasons for dismissal simultaneously to both parties. The grievance process will close in the event a notice of dismissal is provided to the parties. Support measures may continue following dismissal. Evidence Review The District provides both parties an equal opportunity to inspect and review any evidence obtained as part of the investigation so that each party can meaningfully respond to the evidence prior to the conclusion of the investigation. The evidence provided by the District must include evidence that is directly related to the allegations in the formal complaint, evidence upon which the District does not intend to rely in reaching a determination regarding responsibility, and any inculpatory or exculpatory evidence whether obtained from a party or other source. Prior to completion of the investigative report, the Title IX Coordinator must send to each party and the party’s advisor, if any, the evidence subject to inspection and review in an electronic format or a hard copy. The parties have 10 calendar days to submit a written response to the Title IX Coordinator, which the investigator will consider prior to completion of the investigative report. Investigative Report The investigator must prepare an investigative report that fairly summarizes relevant evidence and send the report to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator must send to each party and the party’s advisor, if any, the investigative report in an electronic format or a hard copy, for their review and written response. The parties have 10 calendar days to submit a written response to the Title IX Coordinator. Decision-Maker’s Determination The investigative report is submitted to the decision-maker. The decision-maker cannot be the same person(s) as the Title IX Coordinator or the investigator. The decision-maker cannot hold a hearing or make a determination regarding responsibility until 10 calendar days from the date the Complainant and Respondent receive the investigator’s report. Prior to reaching a determination regarding responsibility, the decision-maker must afford each party the opportunity to submit written, relevant questions that a party wants asked of any party

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5012P page 6 of 9 or witness, provide each party with the answers, and allow for additional, limited follow-up questions from each party. Questions and evidence about the Complainant’s sexual predisposition or prior sexual behavior are not relevant, unless such questions and evidence about the Complainant’s prior sexual behavior are offered to prove that someone other than the Respondent committed the conduct alleged by the Complainant, or if the questions and evidence concern specific incidents of the Complainant’s prior sexual behavior with respect to the Respondent and are offered to prove consent. Questions must be submitted to the Title IX Coordinator within three calendar days from the date the Complainant and Respondent receive the investigator’s report. The decision-maker must issue a written determination regarding responsibility based on a preponderance of the evidence standard. The decision-maker’s written determination must: 1.

Identify the allegations potentially constituting sexual harassment;

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Describe the procedural steps taken, including any notifications to the parties, interviews with parties and witnesses, site visits, methods used to gather evidence, and hearings held;

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Include the findings of fact supporting the determination;

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Draw conclusions regarding the application of any District policies and/or code of conduct rules to the facts;

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Address each allegation and a resolution of the complaint including a determination regarding responsibility, the rationale therefor, any recommended disciplinary sanction(s) imposed on the Respondent, and whether remedies designed to restore or preserve access to the educational program or activity will be provided by the District to the Complainant; and

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The procedures and permissible bases for the Complainant and/or Respondent to appeal the determination.

A copy of the written determination must be provided to both parties simultaneously, and generally will be provided within 60 calendar days from the District’s receipt of a formal complaint. The determination regarding responsibility becomes final either on the date that the District provides the parties with the written determination of the result of the appeal, if an appeal is filed, or if an appeal is not filed, the date on which an appeal would no longer be considered timely. Where a determination of responsibility for sexual harassment has been made against the © MTSBA 2020


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5012P page 7 of 9 Respondent, the District will provide remedies to the Complainant that are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity. Such remedies may include supportive measures; however, remedies need not be non-disciplinary or non-punitive and need not avoid burdening the Respondent. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for effective implementation of any remedies. Following any determination of responsibility, the District may implement disciplinary sanctions in accordance with State or Federal law and or/the negotiated agreement. For employees, the sanctions may include any form of responsive discipline, up to and including termination. Appeals Either the Complainant or Respondent may appeal the decision-maker’s determination regarding responsibility or a dismissal of a formal complaint, on the following bases: 1.

Procedural irregularity that affected the outcome of the matter;

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New evidence that was not reasonably available at the time that could affect the outcome and

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The Title IX Coordinator, investigator, or decision-maker had a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent that affected the outcome.

The District also may offer an appeal equally to both parties on additional bases. The request to appeal must be made in writing to the Title IX Coordinator within seven calendar days after the date of the written determination. The appeal decision-maker must not have a conflict of interest or bias for or against Complainants or Respondents generally or an individual Complainant or Respondent and cannot be the Title IX Coordinator, the investigator, or the decision-maker from the original determination. The appeal decision-maker must notify the other party in writing when an appeal is filed and give both parties a reasonable equal opportunity to submit a written statement in support of, or challenging, the outcome. After reviewing the evidence, the appeal decision-maker must issue a written decision describing the result of the appeal and the rationale for the result. The decision must be provided to both parties simultaneously, and generally will be provided within 10 calendar days from the date the appeal is filed. Informal Resolution Process Except when concerning allegations that an employee sexually harassed a student, at any time during the formal complaint process and prior to reaching a determination regarding responsibility, the District may facilitate an informal resolution process, such as mediation, that © MTSBA 2020


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2.

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The allegations;

B.

The requirements of the informal resolution process including the circumstances under which it precludes the parties from resuming a formal complaint arising from the same allegations, provided, however, that at any time prior to agreeing to a resolution, any party has the right to withdraw from the informal resolution process and resume the Title IX formal complaint process with respect to the formal complaint; and

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Any consequences resulting from participating in the informal resolution process, including the records that will be maintained or could be shared.

Obtains the parties’ voluntary, written consent to the informal resolution process.

The informal resolution process generally will be completed within 30 calendar days, unless the parties and the Title IX Coordinator mutually agree to temporarily delay or extend the process. The formal grievance process timelines are stayed during the parties’ participation in the informal resolution process. If the parties do not reach resolution through the informal resolution process, the parties will resume the formal complaint grievance process, including timelines for resolution, at the point they left off. Recordkeeping The District must maintain for a period of seven years records of: 1.

Each sexual harassment investigation, including any determination regarding responsibility, any disciplinary sanctions imposed on the Respondent, and any remedies provided to the Complainant designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity;

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Any appeal and the result therefrom;

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Any informal resolution and the result therefrom; and

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All materials used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process. The District must make these training materials publicly available on its website.

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5012P page 9 of 9 The District must create, and maintain for a period of seven years, records of any actions, including any supportive measures, taken in response to a report or formal complaint of sexual harassment. In each instance, the District must document the basis for its conclusion that its response was not deliberately indifferent, and document that it has taken measures designed to restore or preserve equal access to the District’s education program or activity. Cross Reference:

Policy 5010 Policy 5012 Policy 5255

Legal References:

Art. X, Sec. 1, Montana Constitution – Educational goals and duties Section 49-3-101, et seq., MCA, Montana Human Rights Act Civil Rights Act, Title VI; 42 USC 2000d et seq. Civil Rights Act, Title VII; 42 USC 2000e et seq. Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX; 20 USC 1681 et seq. 34 CFR Part 106 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance 10.55.701(1)(f), ARM Board of Trustees 10.55.719, ARM Student Protection Procedures 10.55.801(1)(a), ARM School Climate

Policy History: Adopted on: September 15, 2020 Reviewed on: September 10, 2021 Revised on: September 14, 2021

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Bullying/Harassment/Intimidation The Board will strive to provide a positive and productive working environment. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation between employees or by third parties, are strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated. This includes bullying, harassment, or intimidation via electronic communication devices. Definitions •

“Third parties” include but are not limited to coaches, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors, or others engaged in District business, such as employees of businesses or organizations participating in cooperative work programs with the District, and others not directly subject to District control at inter-district and intra-District athletic competitions or other school events.

“District” includes District facilities, District premises, and non-District property if the employee is at any District-sponsored, District-approved, or District-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events, where the employee is engaged in District business.

“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with an employee’s opportunities or work performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, or anywhere such conduct may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a staff member or an interference with school purposes or an educational function, and that has the effect of: a. b. c.

Physically harming an employee or damaging an employee’s property; Knowingly placing an employee in reasonable fear of physical harm to the employee or damage to the employee’s property; or Creating a hostile working environment.

Reporting All complaints about behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. Any employee or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she has been a victim of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in violation of this policy is encouraged to immediately report his/her concerns to the building principal or the District Administrator, who have overall responsibility for such investigations. Complaints against the building principal shall be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent or District Administrator shall be filed with the Board, via written communication to the Board Chair. © MTSBA 2021


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5015 Page 2 of 2 The complainant may be provided a summary of the findings of the investigation and, as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken. Responsibilities The District Administrator shall be responsible for ensuring that notice of this policy is provided to staff and third parties. When an employee has actual knowledge that behavior is in violation of this policy is sexual harassment, the employee must contact the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX sexual harassment grievance process will be followed, if applicable, prior to imposing any discipline that cannot be imposed without resolution of the Title IX process. Consequences Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the District Administrator or the Board. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials. Retaliation and Reprisal Retaliation is prohibited against any person who reports or is thought to have reported a violation, files a complaint, or otherwise participates in an investigation or inquiry. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy, whether or not a complaint is substantiated. False charges shall also be regarded as a serious offense and will result in disciplinary action or other appropriate sanctions. Legal Reference:

10.55.701(3)(g), ARM 10.55.801(1)(d), ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: April 21, 2009 Revised on: October 20, 2020

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Hiring Process and Criteria The Board and Superintendent/administrator will determine the screening and hiring process upon the existence of each vacancy. The District will hire personnel appropriately licensed and endorsed in accordance with state statutes and Board of Public Education rules, consistent with budget and staffing requirements and will comply with Board policy and state law on equal employment opportunities and veterans’ preference. All applicants must complete a District application form to be considered for employment. Every applicant must provide the District with written authorization for a fingerprint/criminal background investigation. The Superintendent will keep any conviction record confidential as required by law and District policy. The district will create a determination sheet from the criminal history record. The determination sheet will be kept on file at the District Office. The Criminal History Record with no disqualifiers will be shredded on site immediately after review. The Criminal History Record with disqualifiers will be retained on file at the District Office according to law. Every newly hired employee must complete an Immigration and Naturalization Service form, as required by federal law. Certification The District requires contracted certified staff to hold valid Montana teacher or specialist certificates endorsed for the roles and responsibilities for which they are employed. Failure to meet this requirement shall be just cause for termination of employment. No salary warrants may be issued to a staff member, unless a valid certificate for the role to which the teacher has been assigned has been registered with the county superintendent within sixty (60) calendar days after a term of service begins. Every teacher and administrator under contract must bring their current, valid certificate to the personnel office at the time of initial employment, as well as at the time of each renewal of certification. The custodian of records will register all certificates, noting class and endorsement of certificates, and will update permanent records as necessary. The custodian of records also will retain a copy of each valid certificate of a contracted certified employee in that employee’s personnel file. Reference Checks The Board authorizes the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee to inquire of past employers about an applicant’s employment on topics including but not limited to: title, role, reason for leaving, work ethic, punctuality, demeanor, collegiality, putting the interests of students first, and suitability for the position in the District. Responses to these inquiries should be documented and considered as part of the screening and hiring process. Cross Reference:

5122

Fingerprints and Criminal Background Investigations

Legal Reference:

§ 20-4-202, MCA § 39-29-102, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 2/9/09, 10/17/17, 12/13/21 Revised on: 7/15/07, 11/19/19, 1/18/22 © MTSBA 2022

Teacher and specialist certification registration Point preference or alternative preference in initial hiring for certain applicants – substantially equivalent selection procedure


Cascade School District Rick Miller Superintendent

321 Central Ave. W. P.O. Box 529 Cascade, MT 59421

Determination of Eligibility for Hire – Policy 5120F (DATE) RE: [NAME OF APPLICANT] In regard to the determination of eligibility for hire/licensure; based on the minimum criteria as specified in the Cascade School District Applicant Background Check Procedure, the individual listed below:

Name

Date of Birth

¨ Meets eligibility criteria ¨ Does NOT meet eligibility criteria Please contact Cascade School District with any questions regarding this determination or to be provided with a copy of the Cascade School District Applicant Background Check Procedure.

Determination Completed By: Signature

Printed Name

Title

Date


Privacy Act Statement - Policy 5120F This privacy act statement is located on the back of the FD-258 fingerprint card. Authority: The FBI’s acquisition, preservation, and exchange of fingerprints and associated information is generally authorized under 28 U.S.C. 534. Depending on the nature of your application, supplemental authorities include Federal statutes, State statutes pursuant to Pub. L. 92-544, Presidential Executive Orders, and federal regulations. Providing your fingerprints and associated information is voluntary; however, failure to do so may affect completion or approval of your application. Principal Purpose: Certain determinations, such as employment, licensing, and security clearances, may be predicated on fingerprint-based background checks. Your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics may be provided to the employing, investigating, or otherwise responsible agency, and/or the FBI for the purpose of comparing your fingerprints to other fingerprints in the FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) system or its successor systems (including civil, criminal, and latent fingerprint repositories) or other available records of the employing, investigating, or otherwise responsible agency. The FBI may retain your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics in NGI after the completion of this application and, while retained, your fingerprints may continue to be compared against other fingerprints submitted to or retained by NGI. Routine Uses: During the processing of this application and for as long thereafter as your fingerprints and associated information/biometrics are retained in NGI, your information may be disclosed pursuant to your consent, and may be disclosed without your consent as permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 and all applicable Routine Uses as may be published at any time in the Federal Register, including the Routine Uses for the NGI system and the FBI’s Blanket Routine Uses. Routine uses include, but are not limited to, disclosures to: employing, governmental or authorized non-governmental agencies responsible for employment, contracting, licensing, security clearances, and other suitability determinations; local, state, tribal, or federal law enforcement agencies; criminal justice agencies; and agencies responsible for national security or public safety. As of 03/1/2021


Dissemination Log – Policy 5120F For national criminal history fingerprint-based background checks under Policy 5120P

Date

Person Making Dissemination

Name and Date of Birth on Disseminated Information

Receiving Entity As Verified by CHRI Auditor (Name, Phone Number, Person)

Disseminated by Telephone, Fax, Mail?

Date Qualified Entity Status Verified by ID

Instructions: A log entry must be made every time you share with another qualified entity any information you obtained from a criminal history records check through the Montana Department of Justice (MDOJ) or the FBI. This includes the sharing of “No Record” information. The Dissemination Log must be retained for four (4) years from the date of the entry, and it must be made available to MDOJ and FBI auditors. Reminder: Criminal history record information received from MDOJ or the FBI under NCPA/VCA and/or Public Law 92-544, shall be used or shared only for the screening of current or prospective Montana employees, volunteers, contractors, and/or vendors of QUALIFIED ENTITIES, pursuant to these laws.


[School District] Determination of Eligibility for Hire Fingerprint/Criminal History Check

Name

Date of Birth

Postion applied for

Date Received

Determination of Eligibility has been completred by: _______________________________________________________________________________________________


Signature ____________________________________ Title

Printed Name


Meets Eligibility criteria

_______________

Does NOT meet Date Eligibility Determination criteria Completed


CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE OF FEDERAL BACKGROUND CHECK DETERMINATION TO: ___________________________________ DATE: ____________ (EMPLOYING AGENCY) BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE FEDERAL CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD INFORMATION (CHRI) TYPE OF NOTICE

Original Notice

Amended Notice

NAME OF SUBJECT ___________________________________ DOB __________ DETERMINATION:

No disqualifiers present on the CHRI Disqualifiers are present on the CHRI

Authorized Designee Printed Name and Phone Number _________________________________ Authorized Designee Signature _____________________________________________________

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Federal Background Check Fingerprint and Information Handling Procedure 1. Who needs to be fingerprinted: All individuals 18 years of age or older to be volunteers or recommended for hire by the School District need to be fingerprinted under the National Child Protection Act and Volunteers for Children’s Act (NCPA/VCA). 2. The School District will obtain a signed waiver from all applicants and provide written communication of Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint Form at 5122F. Applicants shall also be provided the Applicant Privacy statement at 5120F. The Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint Form will be kept on file for 5 years or for the length of employment, which ever is longer. The form will be filed in the employees Personnel File. Basis to Collect and Submit Fingerprints for Purposes of Federal Background Check –

Ink fingerprints are captured in house by agency personnel that have completed and passed the certification course provided by CRISS. All applicants must provide a current government issued photo identification at the time of fingerprinting for identification verification. Two ink fingerprint cards are captured for each applicant and all data fields are completed and checked for accuracy. Complete fingerprint cards are then mailed to DOJ/CRISS along with payment. A spreadsheet of those fingerprinted is kept by the School District to identify the individual, position being hired for, date of fingerprint, date print received and date print billed. The School District staff that have received training by CRISS will process the fingerprints and send them to the DOJ. LASO The District Clerk has been appointed as the Local Agency Security Officer and acts as the primary point of contact between the School District and CRISS. The District Clerk is responsible for ensuring CJIS Policy compliance by all authorized recipients within the School District LASO is also responsible of any Privacy and Security Agreements with those who do not use CHRI on a regular basis. Any change in appointment of the LASO or other authorized personnel will be reported to CRISS immediately. Access of CHRI All background results are received by the District Clerk through the State File Transfer Service. Results are printed and stored in a locked filing cabinet in the business office until a determination for employment is made. Only authorized personnel that have undergone Privacy and Security Information have access to printed criminal history record information. Authorized recipients of CHRI include Superintendent and the Business Clerk

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5120P Page 2 of 3 Printed background checks are reviewed by the District Clerk and a determination form is completed. If any adverse results are present on the background check, it is given to the Superintendent, and Principal for final determination of eligibility. Cascade School District utilizes a determination form and the CHRI is then shredded. Determination Procedures Personnel staff that have been trained by CRISS and granted access to criminal history record information will receive the background results through their Montana State File Transfer account. a. Results are reviewed for determination of eligibility to hire. b. Any adverse reports are presented to the appropriate administrator for final approval. c. Determination is noted on a determination form and kept in a locked file cabinet. Retention and Storage Procedure

All criminal history record information is stored in a locked filing cabinet within the business office. Only authorized personnel, Superintendent, Principal, and the Business Manager as noted in this policy have access to this information. Only authorized personnel are present during the determination process when the criminal record is being reviewed. Printed CHRI is kept until employment is terminated and then destroyed Destruction Procedure outlined in this document. Dissemination Logs are maintained for a period of 3 years from the date of dissemination or between audits, and the Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint form is maintained for at least five years or the length of employment, whichever is longer. Dissemination Procedure Applicants wishing to obtain a copy of their background report may make a request to the LASO. A current government photo identification must be presented at the time of the request. A copy of the background report is made and marked as a “copy” and provided to the applicant. The dissemination is then logged. Dissemination logs include, what record was shared, the date it was shared, the method of sharing, and the agency personnel that shared the record. The dissemination log is stored in a locked filing cabinet for at least 3 years or between audits, whichever is longer. Destruction Procedure

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Applicants wishing to challenge their record are given a copy of the background report. The applicant is then given 10 days to contact the state or agency in which the record was created to make corrections. After the allotted time, the applicant must then provide the School District with a copy of the corrected background report provided by and notarized by the State Identification Bureau. The fee associated for a copy of the state record provided by the State Identification Bureau will be the responsibility of the applicant. Policy and procedures for misuse of CHRI The School District does not allow dissemination of CHRI to persons or agencies that are not directly involved in the hiring and determination process. If CHRI is disseminated outside of the authorized receiving department, (agency LASO) will report this to CRISS immediately and provide CRISS with an incident response form. The incident response form will include the nature of the incident, any internal reprimands that may have resulted from the incident, as well as our agencies plan to ensure that this incident does not get repeated. Training Procedure • •

Local Agency Security Officer (LASO) o Signed user agreement between district and CRISS Privacy and Security Training o CRISS training on CHRI required to receive background reports

Policy History: Adopted on: November 19, 2019 Reviewed on: September 10, 2021 Revised on: September 14, 2021

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Applicability of Personnel Policies Except where expressly provided to the contrary, personnel policies apply uniformly to the employed staff of the District. However, where there is a conflict between terms of a collective bargaining agreement and District policy, the terms of the collective bargaining agreement shall prevail for staff covered by that agreement. Board policies will govern when a matter is not specifically provided for in an applicable collective bargaining agreement. Each personnel position in the District will be directed by a position description that delineates the responsibilities of the employee. The employee will receive the position description with the employment contract. Position descriptions are available upon request. The Board of Trustees will regularly review the position descriptions. Professional Development If not otherwise addressed in the applicable collective bargaining agreements, the Board shall establish an advisory committee to evaluate the District’s current school year professional development plan; and develop and recommend a plan for the subsequent school year. The advisory committee shall include, but not be limited to, trustees, administrators, and teachers. A majority of the committee shall be teachers. Each school year the Board shall adopt a professional development plan for the subsequent school year based on the recommendation of the advisory committee that meets the requirements of ARM 10.55.714. Legal Reference:

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/13/21 Revised on: 1/18/22

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§ 39-31-102, MCA ARM 10.55.701(d) ARM 10.55.714

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Fingerprints and Criminal Background Investigations It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with the District involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a name-based and fingerprint criminal background investigation [federal fingerprint-based criminal history record check] conducted by the appropriate law enforcement agency prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment or appointment by the Board. Any requirement of an applicant to submit to a fingerprint background check shall be in compliance with the Volunteers for Children Act of 1998 and applicable federal regulations. If an applicant has any prior record of arrest or conviction by any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency for an offense other than a minor traffic violation, the facts must be reviewed by the Superintendent, who shall decide whether the applicant shall be declared eligible for appointment or employment in a manner consistent with the expectations and standards set by the board. The following applicants for employment, as a condition for employment, will be required, as a condition of any offer of employment, to authorize, in writing, a name-based and fingerprint criminal background investigation: • • • • •

A certified employee seeking full- or part-time employment with the District; A non-certified or classified employee seeking full- or part-time employment with the District; An employee of a person or firm holding a contract with the District, if the employee is assigned to the District; A volunteer assigned to work in the District, who has regular unsupervised access to students; and Substitute teachers.

Legal Reference:

§ 44-5-301, MCA § 44-5-302, MCA

Dissemination of public criminal justice information Dissemination of criminal history record information that is not public criminal justice information § 44-5-303, MCA Dissemination of confidential criminal justice information – procedure for dissemination through court 10.55.716, ARM Substitute Teachers Public Law 105-251, Volunteers for Children Act

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 9/10/21. 12/13/21 Revised on: 6/26/07, 9/14/21. 1/18/22 © MTSBA 2022


Applicant Rights and Consent to Fingerprint – Policy 5122F As an applicant who is the subject of a national fingerprint-based criminal history record check for a noncriminal justice purpose (such as an application for employment or a license, an immigration or naturalization matter, security clearance, or adoption), you have certain rights which are discussed below. • • • • •

You must be provided written notification1 by _____________________________________________________________that your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history records of the FBI. You must be provided, and acknowledge receipt of, an adequate Privacy Act Statement when you submit your fingerprints and associated personal information. This Privacy Act Statement should explain the authority for collecting your information and how your information will be used, retained, and shared. If you have a criminal history record, the officials making a determination of your suitability for employment, license, or other benefit must provide you the opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information in the record. The officials must advise you that the procedures for obtaining a change, correction, or updating of your criminal history record are set forth at Title 28, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 16.34. If you have a criminal history record, you should be afforded a reasonable amount of time to correct or complete the record (or decline to do so) before the officials deny you the employment, license, or other benefit based on information in the criminal history record.2

You have the right to expect that officials receiving the results of the criminal history record check will use it only for authorized purposes and will not retain or disseminate it in violation of federal statute, regulation or executive order, or rule, procedure or standard established by the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council.3 If agency policy permits, the officials may provide you with a copy of your FBI criminal history record for review and possible challenge. If agency policy does not permit it to provide you a copy of the record, you may obtain a copy of the record by submitting fingerprints and a fee to the FBI. Information regarding this process may be obtained at https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-historysummary-checks . If you decide to challenge the accuracy or completeness of your FBI criminal history record, you should send your challenge to the agency that contributed the questioned information to the FBI. Alternatively, you may send your challenge directly to the FBI at the same address as provided above. The FBI will then forward your challenge to the agency that contributed the questioned information and request the agency to verify or correct the challenged entry. Upon receipt of an official communication from that agency, the FBI will make any necessary changes/corrections to your record in accordance with the information supplied by that agency. If a change, correction, or update needs to be made to a Montana criminal history record, or if you need additional information or assistance, please contact Montana Criminal Records and Identification Services at DOJCRISS@mt.gov or 406-444-3625.

Your signature below acknowledges this agency has informed you of your privacy rights for fingerprint-based background check requests used by the agency. Signed: _______________________________________________ __________ Name 1 Written

_________________________ Date

notification includes electronic notification but excludes oral notification. See 28 CFR 50.12(b). 3 See 5 U.S.C. 552a(b); 28 U.S.C. 534(b); 42 U.S.C. 14616, Article IV(c); 28 CFR 20.21(c), 20.33(d) and 906.2(d). 2

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NCPA/VCA Applicants To _________________________________________________________________________________: You have applied for employment with, will be working in a volunteer position with, or will be providing vendor or contractor services to (write in Agency or Entity name)____________________________________________________ for the position of (please be specific)______________________________________________________________________. The National Child Protection Act of 1993 (NCPA), Public Law (Pub. L.) 103-209, as amended by the Volunteers for Children Act(VCA), Pub. L. 105-251 (Sections 221 and 222 of Crime Identification Technology Act of 1998), codified at 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Sections 5119a and 5119c, authorizes a state and national criminal history background check to determine the fitness of an employee, or volunteer, or a person with unsupervised access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities. 1.

Provide your name, address, and date of birth, as appears on a document made or issued by or under the authority of the United States Government, a State, political subdivision of a State, a foreign government, a political subdivision of a foreign government, an international governmental or an international quasi-governmental organization which, when completed with information concerning a particular individual, is of a type intended or commonly accepted for the purpose of identification of individuals. 18 U.S.C. §1028(D)(2). 2. Provide a certification that you (a) have not been convicted of a crime, (b) are not under indictment for a crime, or (c) have been convicted of a crime. If you are under indictment or have been convicted of a crime, you must describe the crime and the particulars of the conviction, if any. 3. Prior to the completion of the background check, the entity may choose to deny you unsupervised access to a person to whom the entity provides care. The entity shall access and review State and Federal criminal history records and shall make reasonable efforts to make a determination whether you have been convicted of, or are under pending indictment for, a crime that bears upon your fitness and shall convey that determination to the qualified entity. The entity shall make reasonable efforts to respond to the inquiry within 15 business days. Your Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ First

Middle

Maiden

Last

Date of Birth: ________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ City

State

Zip

I have been convicted of, or am under pending indictment for, the following crimes [include the dates, location/jurisdiction, circumstances and outcome]:

I have not been convicted of, nor am I under pending indictment for, any crimes I authorize Montana Department of Justice, Criminal Records and Identification Services Section to disseminate criminal history record information to ___________________________________________________. ____________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Applicant

2

Date


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Whistle Blowing and Retaliation When district employees know or have reasonable cause to believe that serious instances of wrongful conduct (e.g., mismanagement of district resources, violations of law and/or abuse of authority) have occurred, they should report such wrongful conduct to the Superintendent or Board Chairperson. For purposes of this policy, the term “wrongful conduct” shall be defined to include: • • • • •

theft of district money, property, or resources; misuse of authority for personal gain or other non-district purpose; fraud; violations of applicable federal and state laws and regulations; and/or serious violations of district policy, regulation, and/or procedure.

The Board of Trustees will not tolerate any form of reprisal, retaliation or discrimination against: •

Any employee, or applicant for employment, because he/she opposed any practice that he/she reasonably believed to be made unlawful by federal or state laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, religion, height, weight, marital status, handicap or disability.

Any employee, or applicant for employment, because he/she filed a charge, testified, assisted or participated, in any manner, in an investigation, proceeding or hearing under federal or state laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, religion, height, weight, marital status, handicap or disability or because he/she reported a suspected violation of such laws according to this policy; or,

Any employee or applicant because he/she reported, or was about to report, a suspected violation of any federal, state or local law or regulation to a public body (unless the employee knew that the report was false) or because he/she was requested by a public body to participate in an investigation, hearing or inquiry held by that public body or a court.

An employee or applicant for employment who believes that he/she has suffered reprisal, retaliation or discrimination in violation of this policy shall report the incident(s) to the Superintendent or his/her designee. The Board of Trustees guarantees that no employee or applicant for employment who makes such a report will suffer any form of reprisal, retaliation or discrimination for making the report. Individuals are forbidden from preventing or interfering with whistle blowers who make good faith disclosures of misconduct.

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5125 Page 2 of 2 The Board or its agents will not discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize any employee because the employee or someone acting on the employee’s behalf, reports, verbally or in writing, a violation or suspected violation of any state or federal law or regulation or any town/city ordinance or regulation to a public body, or because an employee is requested by a public body to participate in an investigation, hearing or inquiry held by that public body, or a court action. Further, the Board or its agents will not discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize any employee because the employee, or a person acting on his/her behalf, reports, verbally or in writing, to a public body, as defined in the statutes, concerning unethical practices, mismanagement or abuse of authority by the employer. This section does not apply when an employee knowingly makes a false report. The District will exercise reasonable efforts to: • • •

investigate any complaints of retaliation or interference made by whistle blowers; take immediate steps to stop any alleged retaliation; and discipline any person associated with the District found to have retaliated against or interfered with a whistle blower.

The Board of Trustees considers violations of this policy to be a major offense that will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, against the offender, regardless of the offender’s position within the District. The Board shall make this policy available to its staff by posting it on its website with its other District policies. Legal References:

Policy History: Adopted on: 2/15/22 Reviewed on: Revised on:

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Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000e-3(a) Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §623 (d) Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §12203(a) and (b) Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §215(a)(3) Occupational Safety and Health Act, 29 U.S.C. §6660(c) Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. §2615 National Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. §158(a)


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Staff Health Medical Examinations Through its overall safety program and various policies pertaining to school personnel, the Board will promote the safety of employees during working hours and assist them in the maintenance of good health. The Board will encourage all its employees to maintain optimum health through the practice of good health habits. The Board may require physical examinations of its employees, under circumstances defined below. The District will maintain results of physical examinations in medical files separate from the employee’s personnel file and will release them only as permitted by law. Physical Examinations The District participates in a Pre-Placement Physical Program for all custodial and maintenance personnel and other positions deemed inclusive of this policy as determined by specific Board action. Subsequent to a conditional offer of employment in a position for which the District may require participation in a pre-placement physical but before commencement of work, the District may require an applicant to have a medical examination and to meet any other health requirements which may be imposed by the state. The District may condition an offer of employment on the results of such examination, if all employees who received a conditional offer of employment in the applicable job category are subject to such examination. The report shall certify the employee’s ability to perform the job-related functions of the position for which the employee is being considered. Such examination shall be used only to determine whether the applicant is able to perform with reasonable accommodation job-related functions. All bus drivers, whether full-time, regular part-time, or temporary part-time, are required by state law to have a satisfactory medical examination before employment. Communicable Diseases The term “communicable disease” refers to the diseases identified in 37.114.203, ARM, Reportable Diseases, with the exception of common colds and flu. If a staff member has a communicable disease, the staff member must notify the school nurse or other responsible person designated by the Board of the communicable disease which could be life threatening to an immune-compromised person. The school nurse or other responsible person designated by the Board must determine, after consultation with and on the advice of public health officials, if the immune-compromised person needs appropriate accommodation to protect their health and safety. © MTSBA 2022


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5130 Page 2 of 2 An employee with a communicable disease shall not report to work during the period of time in which the employee is infectious. An employee afflicted with a communicable disease capable of being readily transmitted in the school setting (e.g., airborne transmission of tuberculosis) shall be encouraged to report the existence of the illness so that precautions may be taken to protect the health of others. The District reserves the right to require a statement from an employee’s primary care provider, before the employee may return to work. Confidentiality In all instances, District personnel will respect an individual’s right to privacy and treat any medical diagnosis as confidential information. Any information obtained regarding the medical condition or history of any employee will be collected and maintained on separate forms and in separate medical files and will be treated as confidential information. Only those individuals with a legitimate need to know will be provided necessary medical information. Supervisors and managers may be informed of necessary restrictions on the work or duties of an employee and necessary accommodations. First aid and safety personnel may be informed, when appropriate, if a staff member with a disability might require emergency treatment. Cross Reference:

5005

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Legal Reference:

29 U.S.C. § 794, et seq. 42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq. 29 CFR, Part 1630.14(c) Title 49, Chapter 2, MCA Title 49, Chapter 4, MCA § 20-10-103(4), MCA 37.111.825, ARM

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Americans with Disabilities Act Examination of employees Illegal Discrimination Rights of Persons With Disabilities School bus driver qualifications Health Supervision and Maintenance

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 12/13/21 Revised on: 4/21/09, 1/18/22

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Classified Employment and Assignment Employees designated as “classified” employees include all non-teaching positions or duties in the District. Each newly hired classified employee will either be hired: (1) as a probationary employee, or (2) immediately be placed on a written contract for a specific term with a beginning and ending date, within the meaning of Section 39-2-912(2), MCA. Employees initially hired on a written contract for a specific term will have no expectation of continued employment beyond the current contract term, and in the absence of Board action to offer a subsequent contract, the employment will automatically conclude at the conclusion of the contract term. For those employees hired as probationary employees, such employees will be required to complete a probationary period of six (6) months. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to extend the probationary period in a manner permitted by law. Any extension of the probationary period by the Superintendent, together with the original probationary period, may not exceed a total of 18 months. Leaves of absence by an employee for a period of more than 5 consecutive working days other than holidays or vacations during the probationary period will not be counted as part of the probationary period. During the probationary period of employment, the employment may be terminated at the will of either the School District or the employee on notice to the other for any reason or no reason. Prior to the conclusion of the original or extended probationary period, the Superintendent will determine whether to retain the employee or make a recommendation to the Board for termination of probationary employment. If the employee is retained, the employee will be designated as one of the following types of employees depending on the factors noted. Designation 1: If, before the probationary period concludes, the employee is placed on a written employment contract, the employment contract shall be a written contract of employment for a specific term with a beginning and ending date, within the meaning of Section 39-2-912(2), MCA. The employee will have no expectation of continued employment beyond the current contract term, and in the absence of Board action to offer a subsequent contract, the employment will automatically conclude at the conclusion of the contract term. If the employee is issued subsequent contracts for a specific term following the initial contract, a probationary period will not apply. The employee will be subject to terms of the contract including the beginning and ending date, within the meaning of Section 39-2-912(2), MCA. The employee will have no expectation of continued employment beyond the current contract term, and in the absence of Board action to offer a subsequent contract, the employment will automatically conclude at the conclusion of the contract term.

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5140 Page 2 of 2 Designation 2: If, after the probationary period concludes, the employee is not placed on a written employment contract for a specific term, the employee’s service to the District will be subject to the provisions in Title 39, Chapter 2, Part 9, MCA. Designation 3: If, after the probationary period concludes, the employee is subject to the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement, the employee’s service to the District will be subject to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement within the meaning of Section 39-2912, MCA. Subject to any applicable collective bargaining agreement, the District reserves the right to: (1) change employment conditions affecting an employee’s duties, assignment, supervisor, or grade and/or (2) determine the salary and benefits for classified employees. Legal Reference:

§ 39-2-904, MCA § 39-2-912, MCA

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:3/6/09. 10/5/21 Revised on: 11/11/01, 7/17/07, 10/19/21

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Cascade School District PERSONNEL

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Assignments, Reassignments, Transfers The Superintendent may assign, reassign, and/or transfer positions and duties of all staff. Teachers will be assigned at the levels and in the subjects for which they are licensed and endorsed, or for which they are enrolled in an internship as defined in ARM 10.55.602 and meet the requirements of ARM 10.55.607. The Superintendent will provide for a system of assignment, reassignment, and transfer of classified staff, including voluntary transfers and promotions. Nothing in this policy prevents reassignment of a staff member during a school year. Classified Staff The District retains the right of assignment, reassignment, and transfer. Teaching Notice of their teaching assignments relative to grade level, building, classroom or work space, and subject area will be given to teachers before the beginning of the school year. Provisions governing vacancies, promotions, and voluntary or involuntary transfers may be found in negotiated agreements or employee handbooks.

Legal Reference:

Bonner School District No. 14 v. Bonner Education Association, MEAMFT, NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO, (2008) 2008 MT 9 § 20-4-402, MCA Duties of District Superintendent or County High School Principal 10.55.602, ARM Definition of Internship 10.55.607, ARM Internships

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 3/6/09, 12/13/21 Revised on: 3/10/14, 1/18/22

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Cascade School District PERSONNEL Vacancies When the District determines that a vacancy exists: The Superintendent has the discretion to advertise a vacancy.

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 3/6/09, 12/13/21 Revised on: 1/8/22

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Prohibition on Aiding Sexual Abuse The district prohibits any employee, contractor or agent from assisting a school employee, contractor or agent in obtaining a new job if the individual or district knows or has probable cause to believe that such school employee, contractor or agent engaged in sexual misconduct regarding a minor or a student in violation of the law. This prohibition does not include the routine transmission of administrative and personnel files. This prohibition does not apply under certain conditions specified by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) such as: 1. The matter has been reported to law enforcement authorities and it has been officially closed or the school officials have been notified by the prosecutor or police after an investigation that there is insufficient information to establish probable cause, or; 2. The individual has been acquitted or otherwise cleared of the alleged misconduct, or; 3. The case remains open without charges for more than 4 years after the information was reported to a law enforcement agency. Legal Reference:

Policy History: Adopted on: 10/16/18 Reviewed on: 12/13/21 Revised on: 1/18/22

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Cascade School District PERSONNEL

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Work Day Length of Work Day - Certified All conditions pertaining to the certified work day, preparation periods, lunches, etc., are found in the current collective bargaining agreement. Arrival time shall generally be as directed by the principal or as stipulated in the agreement. Length of Work Day - Classified The length of a classified work day is governed by the number of hours for which the employee is assigned. A “full-time” employee shall be considered to be an eight-(8)-hour per day/forty (40)-hour per week employee. The work day is exclusive of lunch but inclusive of breaks unless otherwise and specifically provided for by the individual contract. The schedule will be established by the supervisor. Normal office hours in the district will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breaks A daily morning and afternoon rest period of fifteen (15) minutes may be available to all fulltime, classified employees. Hourly personnel may take one (1) fifteen-(15)-minute rest period for each four (4) hours that are worked in a day. Breaks will normally be taken approximately in mid-morning and mid-afternoon and should be scheduled in accordance with the flow of work and with the approval of the employee’s supervisor.

Legal Reference:

29 USC 201 to 219 29 CFR 516, et seq. § 39-4-107, MCA § 39-3-405, MCA 10.65.103(2), ARM 24.16.102, et seq., ARM

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: March 6, 2009 Revised on:

Fair Labor Standards Act of 1985 FLSA Regulations State and municipal governments, school districts (first class) Overtime compensation Program of Approved Pupil InstructionRelated Days Wages and hours


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Evaluation of Certified Staff Each certified staff member’s job performance will be evaluated by the staff member’s direct supervisor. Non-tenured certified staff shall be evaluated, at a minimum, CHOOSE ONE [on at least an annual basis] [ 2 times per year]. Tenured certified staff members may be evaluated according to the terms stated in the current collective bargaining agreement if applicable or once per year. The evaluation model shall be aligned with applicable district goals, standards of the Board of Public Education, and the district’s mentorship and induction program. It shall identify what skill sets are to be evaluated, include both summative and formative elements, and include an assessment of the educator’s effectiveness in supporting every student in meeting rigorous learning goals through the performance of the educator’s duties. The supervisor will provide a copy of the completed evaluation to the staff member and will provide opportunity to discuss the evaluation. The original should be signed by the staff member and placed in the personnel file. If the staff member refuses to sign the evaluation, the supervisor should note the refusal and submit the evaluation to the Superintendent. Evaluation of Classified Staff Each classified staff member’s job performance will be evaluated by the staff member’s direct supervisor. The supervisor will provide a copy of the completed evaluation to the staff member and will provide opportunity to discuss the evaluation. The original should be signed by the staff member and placed in the personnel file. If the staff member refuses to sign the evaluation, the supervisor should note the refusal and submit the evaluation to the Superintendent. Cross Reference:

5231-5231P

Personnel Records

Legal Reference:

10.55.701(4)(a)(b), ARM

Board of Trustees

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 3/6/09, 12/13/21 Revised on: 3/10/14, 1/18/22

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Personal Conduct School District employees will abide by all district policies, state and federal laws in the course of their employment. Where applicable, employees will abide by and honor the professional educator code of conduct. All employees are expected to maintain high standards of honesty, integrity, professionalism, decorum, and impartiality in the conduct of District business. All employees shall maintain appropriate employee-student relationship boundaries in all respects, including but not limited to personal, speech, print, and digital communications. Failure to honor the appropriate employee student relationship boundary will result in a report to the Department of Public Health and Human Services and the appropriate law enforcement agency. In accordance with state law, an employee shall not dispense or utilize any information gained from employment with the District, accept gifts or benefits, or participate in business enterprises or employment that creates a conflict of interest with the faithful and impartial discharge of the employee’s District duties. A District employee, before acting in a manner which might impinge on any fiduciary duty, may disclose the nature of the private interest which would create a conflict. Care should be taken to avoid using or avoid the appearance of using official positions and confidential information for personal advantage or gain. Curriculum or materials created within the course of the employee’s duties for the District using District resources are considered to be the property of the District. Further, employees are expected to hold confidential all information deemed not to be for public consumption as determined by state law and Board policy. Employees also will respect the confidentiality of people served in the course of an employee’s duties and use information gained in a responsible manner. The Board may discipline, up to and including discharge, any employee who discloses confidential and/or private information learned during the course of the employee’s duties or learned as a result of the employee’s participation in a closed (executive) session of the Board. Discretion should be used even within the school system’s own network of communication and confidential information should only be communicated on a need to know basis. Employees shall not record or cause to be recorded a conversation by use of a hidden electronic or mechanical device which may include any combination of audio or video that reproduces a human conversation without the knowledge of all parties to the conversation. Administrators and supervisors may set forth specific rules and regulations governing staff conduct on the job within a particular building. Firearms and Weapons Employees of the District shall not injure or threaten to injure another person; damage another’s © MTSBA 2022


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5223 Page 2 of 3 property or that of the District; or possess any firearm or other non-firearm weapon on school property at any time. For the purposes of this policy, the term “firearm” means (A) any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (C) any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or (D) any destructive device pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 921 (4). Such term does not include an antique firearm pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 921 (16). For purposes of this policy, “non-firearm weapon” means any object, device, or instrument designed as a weapon or through its use is capable of intimidating threatening or producing bodily harm or which may be used to inflict injury, including but not limited to air guns; pellet guns; BB guns; fake or facsimile weapons; all knives; blades; clubs; metal knuckles; nunchucks; throwing stars; explosives; fireworks; mace or other propellants; stun guns; ammunition; poisons; chains; arrows; and objects that have been modified to serve as a weapon. District administrators are authorized to appropriate action, as circumstances warrant, to enforce this section of the policy including but not limited to requesting the assistance of law enforcement in accordance with Montana law. For the purposes of this policy, “school property” means within school buildings, in vehicles used for school purposes, or on owned or leased school land or grounds. “Building” specifically means a combination of any materials, whether mobile, portable, or fixed, to form a structure and the related facilities for the use or occupancy by persons or property owned or leased by a local school district that are used for instruction or for student activities as specified in Section 50-60101(2), MCA and Section 45-8-361, MCA. The term is construed as though followed by the words "or part or parts of a building" and is considered to include all stadiums, bleachers, and other similar outdoor facilities, whether temporary or permanently fixed. This section does not apply to a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or an individual previously authorized by the Board of Trustees to possess a firearm or weapon in a school building. The Board of Trustees shall annually review this policy and update this policy as determined necessary by the trustees based on changing circumstances pertaining to school safety. Cross Reference:

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Legal Reference:

§ 20-1-201, MCA Title 2, Chapter 2, Part 1 § 39-2-102, MCA § 45-8-361, MCA § 45-5-501, MCA § 45-5-502, MCA ARM 10.55.701(2)(d) § 45-8-213, MCA

5223 Page 3 of 3 School officers not to act as agents Standards of Conduct What belongs to employer Possession or allowing possession of a weapon in a school building Definitions Sexual Assault Board of Trustees Privacy in communications

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 10/5/21 Revised on: 4/21/09, 8/20/19, 11/19/19, 7/21/21, 10/19/21

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Cascade School District PERSONNEL

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Political Activity The Board recognizes its employees’ rights of citizenship, including but not limited to engaging in political activities. A District employee may seek an elective office, provided the employee does not campaign on school property during working hours, and provided all other legal requirements are met. The District assumes no obligation beyond making such opportunities available. An employee elected to office is entitled to take a leave of absence without pay, in accordance with the provisions of § 39-2-104, MCA. No person, in or on District property, may attempt to coerce, command, or require a public employee to support or oppose any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue. No District employee may solicit support for or in opposition to any political committee, the nomination or election of any person to public office, or the passage of a ballot issue, while on the job or in or on District property. Nothing in this policy is intended to restrict the right of District employees to express their personal political views.

Legal Reference:

5 U.S.C. § 7321 § 39-2-104, MCA

Hatch Act Mandatory leave of absence for employees holding public office § 13-35-226, MCA Unlawful acts of employers and employees Title 2, Chapter 2, Part 1 Standards of Conduct

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on: 3/6/09, 12/13/21 Revised on: 1/18/22

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Drug-Free Workplace All District workplaces are drug- and alcohol-free. All employees are prohibited from: • •

Unlawfully manufacturing, dispensing, distributing, possessing, using, or being under the influence of a controlled substance while on District premises or while performing work for the District, or; Distributing, consuming, using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol while on District premises or while performing work for the District.

For purposes of this policy, a controlled substance is defined as: • • • • • • • •

Not legally obtainable; Being used in a manner other than as prescribed; Legally obtainable but has not been legally obtained; Marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia that is possessed or consumed on the grounds of any property owned or leased by a school district, a public or private preschool, school, or postsecondary school or in a school bus; Marijuana purchased, consumed, transported, possessed, or used of by a person under 21 years of age; Marijuana smoked in a location where smoking tobacco is prohibited; Marijuana consumed in a manner that endangers others; or Referenced in federal or state controlled-substance acts.

As a condition of employment, each employee will: • •

Abide by the terms of the District policy respecting a drug- and alcohol-free workplace; and Notify his or her supervisor of his or her conviction under any criminal drug statute, for a violation occurring on District premises or while performing work for the District, no later than five (5) days after such conviction.

In order to make employees aware of dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, the District will endeavor to: • • •

Provide each employee with a copy of the District drug- and alcohol-free workplace policy; Post notice of the District drug- and alcohol-free workplace policy in a place where other information for employees is posted; Enlist the aid of community and state agencies with drug and alcohol informational and rehabilitation programs, to provide information to District employees; and

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Inform employees of available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, reentry, and any employee-assistance programs.

District Action Upon Violation of Policy An employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action; up to and including termination of employment. Alternatively, the Board may require an employee to successfully complete an appropriate drug- or alcohol-abuse, employee-assistance rehabilitation program. The Board will take disciplinary action with respect to an employee convicted of a drug offense in the workplace, within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of a conviction. Should District employees be engaged in the performance of work under a federal contract or grant, or under a state contract or grant, the Superintendent will notify the appropriate state or federal agency from which the District receives contract or grant moneys of an employee’s conviction, within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction.

Legal Reference:

41 U.S.C. §§ 702, 703, 706

Drug-free workplace requirements for Federal grant recipients Initiative 190 – “Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.” January 1, 2021

Policy History: Adopted on: 5/15/01 Reviewed on:4/6/09, 12/13/21 Revised on: 1/18/22

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Cascade School District PERSONNEL

R 5228

Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers The District will adhere to federal law and regulations requiring a drug and alcohol testing program for school bus and commercial vehicle drivers. The program will comply with requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, §§ 382, et seq. The Superintendent will adopt and enact regulations consistent with federal regulations, defining the circumstances and procedures for testing.

Legal Reference:

49 U.S.C. § 45101, Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing (Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991) 49 C.F.R. Parts 40 (Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs), 382 (Controlled substance and alcohol use and testing), and 395 (Hours of service of drivers)

Policy History: Adopted on: May 15, 2001 Reviewed on: March 6, 2009 Revised on:


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT POLICY 5228F1 I, _______________________________, an employee serving as a commercially licensed driver for Cascade School District complete this form to document that I have received School District Policies 5228 and 5228P and been given the opportunity to ask questions about the policies to fully understand how the policies govern my employment with the School District.

Employee Signature: Signature: _________________________________

Date: ___________________

Supervisor Receipt: Signature: _________________________________

Date: ___________________

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REQUEST FOR RECORDS POLICY 5228F2 I, _______________________________, an employee serving as a commercially licensed driver for Cascade School District complete this form to request any records pertaining to my use of drugs or alcohol, including any records pertaining to my drug or alcohol tests in accordance with School District Policies 5228 and 5228P. If I chose to have these records forwarded to a third party, I am noting the contact information in the space provided on this form.

Employee Signature: Signature: _________________________________

Date: ___________________

Supervisor Receipt: Signature: _________________________________

Date: ___________________

I authorize the School District to send the requested records to the following individual or entity in accordance with the authorization outlined on this form. _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

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Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus and Commercial Vehicle Drivers School bus and commercial vehicle drivers shall be subject to a drug and alcohol testing program that fulfills the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 382. Other persons who drive vehicles designed to transport sixteen (16) or more passengers, including the driver, are likewise subject to the drug and alcohol testing program. Testing procedures and facilities used for the tests shall conform with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, §§ 40, et seq. Pre-Employment Tests Tests shall be conducted before the first time a driver performs any safety-sensitive function for the District. Safety-sensitive functions include all on-duty functions performed from the time a driver begins work or is required to be ready to work, until he/she is relieved from work and all responsibility for performing work. It includes driving; waiting to be dispatched; inspecting and servicing equipment; supervising, performing, or assisting in loading and unloading; repairing or obtaining and waiting for help with a disabled vehicle; performing driver requirements related to accidents; and performing any other work for the District or paid work for any entity. The tests shall be required of an applicant only after he/she has been offered the position. Exceptions may be made for drivers who have had the alcohol test required by law within the previous six (6) months and participated in the drug testing program required by law within the previous thirty (30) days, provided that the District has been able to make all verifications required by law. Post-Accident Tests Alcohol and controlled substance tests shall be conducted as soon after an accident as practicable on any driver: 1. 2.

Who was performing safety-sensitive functions with respect to the vehicle, if the accident involved loss of human life; or Who receives a citation under state or local law, for a moving traffic violation arising from the accident.

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5228P page 2 of 6 No such driver shall use alcohol for eight (8) hours after the accident, or until after he/she undergoes a post-accident alcohol test, whichever occurs first. If an alcohol test is not administered within two (2) hours or if a drug test is not administered within thirty-two (32) hours, the District shall prepare and maintain records explaining why the test was not conducted. Tests will not be given if not administered within eight (8) hours after the accident for alcohol or within thirty-two (32) hours for drugs. Tests conducted by authorized federal, state, or local officials will fulfill post-accident testing requirements, provided they conform to applicable legal requirements and are obtained by the District. Breath tests will validate only the alcohol test and cannot be used to fulfill controlled substance testing obligations. Random Tests Tests shall be conducted on a random basis at unannounced times throughout the year. Tests for alcohol shall be conducted just before, during, or just after the performance of safety-sensitive functions. The number of random alcohol tests annually must equal twenty-five percent (25%) of the average number of driver positions. The number of random drug tests annually must equal fifty percent (50%) of the average number of driver positions. Drivers shall be selected by a scientifically valid random process, and each driver shall have an equal chance of being tested each time selections are made. Reasonable Suspicion Tests Tests shall be conducted when a supervisor or District official trained in accordance with law has reasonable suspicion that the driver has violated the District’s alcohol or drug prohibitions. This reasonable suspicion must be based on specific, contemporaneous, articulable observations concerning the driver’s appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors. The observations may include indications of the chronic and withdrawal effects of controlled substances. Alcohol tests are authorized for reasonable suspicion only if the required observations are made during, just before, or just after the period of the work day when the driver must comply with alcohol prohibitions. An alcohol test may not be conducted by the person who determines that reasonable suspicion exists to conduct such a test. If an alcohol test is not administered within two (2) hours of a determination of reasonable suspicion, the District shall prepare and maintain a record explaining why this was not done. Attempts to conduct alcohol tests shall terminate after eight (8) hours. A supervisor or District official who makes observations leading to a controlled substance reasonable suspicion test shall make a written record of his/her observations within twenty-four (24) hours of the observed behavior or before the results of the drug test are released, whichever is earlier.


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5228P page 3 of 6 Enforcement Any driver who refuses to submit to a post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, or follow-up test shall not perform or continue to perform safety-sensitive functions. Drivers who test positive for alcohol or drugs shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. A driver who violates District prohibitions related to drugs and alcohol shall receive from the District the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of substance abuse professionals and counseling and treatment programs available to evaluate and resolve drug and alcohol-related problems. The employee shall be evaluated by a substance abuse professional who shall determine what help, if any, the driver needs in resolving such a problem. Any substance abuse professional who determines that a driver needs assistance shall not refer the driver to a private practice, person, or organization in which he/she has a financial interest, except under circumstances allowed by law. An employee identified as needing help in resolving a drug or alcohol problem shall be evaluated by a substance abuse professional to determine that he/she has properly followed the prescribed rehabilitation program and shall be subject to unannounced follow-up tests after returning to duty. Return-to-Duty Tests A drug or alcohol test shall be conducted when a driver who has violated the District’s drug or alcohol prohibition returns to performing safety-sensitive duties. Employees whose conduct involved drugs cannot return to duty in a safety-sensitive function until the return-to-duty drug test produces a verified negative result. Employees whose conduct involved alcohol cannot return to duty in a safety-sensitive function until the return-to-duty alcohol test produces a verified result that meets federal and District standards. Follow-Up Tests A driver who violates the District’s drug or alcohol prohibition and is subsequently identified by a substance abuse professional as needing assistance in resolving a drug or alcohol problem shall be subject to unannounced follow-up testing as directed by the substance abuse professional in accordance with law. Follow-up alcohol testing shall be conducted just before, during, or just after the time when the driver is performing safety-sensitive functions. Records Employee drug and alcohol test results and records shall be maintained under strict


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5228P page 4 of 6 confidentiality and released only in accordance with law. Upon written request, a driver shall receive copies of any records pertaining to his/her use of drugs or alcohol, including any records pertaining to his/her drug or alcohol tests. Records shall be made available to a subsequent employer or other identified persons only as expressly requested in writing by the driver. Notifications Each driver shall receive educational materials that explain the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 382, together with a copy of the District’s policy and regulations for meeting these requirements. Representatives of employee organizations shall be notified of the availability of this information. The information shall identify: 1.

The person designated by the District to answer driver questions about the materials;

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The categories of drivers who are subject to the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 382;

3.

Sufficient information about the safety-sensitive functions performed by drivers to make clear what period of the work day the driver is required to comply with Part 382;

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Specific information concerning driver conduct that is prohibited by Part 382;

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The circumstances under which a driver will be tested for drugs and/or alcohol under Part 382;

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The procedures that will be used to test for the presence of drugs and alcohol, protect the driver and the integrity of the testing processes, safeguard the validity of test results, and ensure that test results are attributed to the correct driver;

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The requirement that a driver submit to drug and alcohol tests administered in accordance with Part 382;

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An explanation of what constitutes a refusal to submit to a drug or alcohol test and the attendant consequences;

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The consequences for drivers found to have violated the drug and alcohol prohibitions of Part 382, including the requirement that the driver be removed immediately from safetysensitive functions and the procedures for referral, evaluation, and treatment;

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The consequences for drivers found to have an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater but less than 0.04;

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The requirement that the following personal information collected and maintained under this part shall be reported to the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: A. A verified positive, adulterated, or substituted drug test result; B. An alcohol confirmation test with a concentration of 0.04 or higher; C. A refusal to submit to any test required by law; D. An employer's report of actual knowledge, as defined in law: E. On duty alcohol use; F. Pre-duty alcohol use; G. Alcohol use following an accident; H. Controlled substance use; I. A substance abuse professional report of the successful completion of the return-to-duty process; J. A negative return-to-duty test; and K. An employer's report of completion of follow-up testing.

Drivers shall also receive information about legal requirements, District policies, and disciplinary consequences related to the use of alcohol and drugs. Each driver shall sign a statement certifying that he/she has received a copy of the above materials. Before any driver operates a commercial motor vehicle, the District shall provide him/her with post-accident procedures that will make it possible to comply with post-accident testing requirements. Before drug and alcohol tests are performed, the District shall inform drivers that the tests are given pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49, Part 382. This notice shall be provided only after the compliance date specified in law.


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5228P page 6 of 6 The District shall notify a driver of the results of a pre-employment drug test if the driver requests such results within sixty (60) calendar days of being notified of the disposition of his/ her employment application. The District shall notify a driver of the results of random, reasonable suspicion, and postaccident drug tests if the test results are verified positive. The District shall also tell the driver which controlled substance(s) were verified as positive. Drivers shall inform their supervisors if at any time they are using a controlled substance which their physician has prescribed for therapeutic purposes. Such a substance may be used only if the physician has advised the driver that it will not adversely affect his/her ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. Clearinghouse The School District will comply with the requirements of the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The School District and Transportation service providers are called upon to report DOT drug and alcohol testing program violations to the Clearinghouse. Drivers have been notified that any information subject to disclosure will be submitted to the Clearinghouse in accordance with this policy and applicable regulations. Legal Reference:

49 C.F.R. Part 40 49. C.F.R. Part 382

Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing

Policy History: Adopted on: May 21, 2009 Reviewed on: March 6, 2009, September 10, 2021 Revised on: September 14, 2021


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Cascade Public Schools PERSONNEL

5230

Prevention of Disease Transmission All District personnel shall be advised of routine procedures to follow in handling body fluids. These procedures, developed in consultation with public health and medical personnel, shall provide simple and effective precautions against transmission of diseases to persons exposed to the blood or body fluids of another. The procedures shall follow standard health and safety practic